Shaun Abrahams File picture: Nic Bothma/EPA
Johannesburg - The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday set aside Shaun Abrahams's appointment as National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and ordered that he vacate his post. 

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law (FUL) had approached the high court to set aside the settlement agreement between former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana and President Jacob Zuma, reached in 2015, that saw him receive R17 million to vacate his office.  

They wanted Nxasana to be reinstated and to give back the R17 million "golden handshake".

Judge Dustan Mlambo, handing down judgment, ruled that Zuma's appointment of Abrahams was invalid and must be immediately set aside.

"The appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the NDPP is reviewed, declared invalid and set aside," Mlambo said.

Mlambo also ruled that a new prosecutions boss must be appointed within 60 days, as it would not be just to reinstate Nxasana, and that this appointment must be made by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

This is because Zuma was conflicted when it came to the appointment of the prosecutions boss. 

Nxasana's "golden handshake" was also declared invalid and he was ordered to pay back the amount.   

* This is a developing story.

Additional reporting by Reuters