Johannesburg - Former National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana said he was pleased with Monday's Constitutional Court judgment setting aside incumbent head Shaun Abrahams' appointment in 2015.
Nxasana, who was given a R17 million golden handshake to leave the NPA by former president Jacob Zuma, said he was ready to pay back the money as directed by the Constitutional Court.
"I am happy with the judgment, it comes after the high court rejected my condonation application...I am vindicated today, the court has heard my version and accepted it. I am willing to pay back the money as directed by the Constitutional Court," he told journalists outside the Constitutional Court.
"It is now more than three years [since leaving the NPA] and I was subjected to the humiliation at the time, I came to accept what happened...as you heard Justice [Mbuyiseli "Russel"] Madlanga said he felt sorry for me regarding the manner in which I was treated."
The North Gauteng High Court refused Nxasana condonation to file a late affidavit which he said contained his version of the events leading up to him leaving the NPA. The affidavit was filed very late, long after Freedom Under Law (FUL), Corruption Watch and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) filed papers seeking Abrahams' appointment to be set aside.