CityPress - - Front Page - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­

The Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) wants its for­mer head, Mx­olisi Nxasana, to pay back the money. Not the R17 mil­lion golden hand­shake he re­ceived when he left in 2015, but R158.

In a let­ter of de­mand, the NPA said if he did not pay back the amount, he would face le­gal ac­tion. This amount, the NPA claims, was given to him as a travel al­lowance ad­vance be­fore he trav­elled to Geneva, Switzer­land, in Novem­ber 2014. Nxasana is said to have failed to pro­vide slips for the trip which he says may have been the fault of his then sec­re­tary. In the let­ter of de­mand sent last month, NPA deputy di­rec­tor of man­age­ment ac­count­ing Livhuwani Ram­ab­u­lana writes: “Our records in­di­cate that we have not re­ceived any re­sponse from you re­gard­ing the set­tle­ment of the debt owed. This of­fice sent a let­ter dated Au­gust 24 2015 to no­tify you of out­stand­ing debt and to re­quest pay­ment.”

In the let­ter, Ram­ab­u­lana states that Nxasana needed to make pay­ment ar­range­ments if he wanted to avoid le­gal ac­tion. The NPA states that the amount owed has ac­crued in­ter­est and now sits at R198.30, which the au­thor­ity de­manded be set­tled within 14 days.

“If we do not re­ceive any re­sponse within this pe­riod, this of­fice may be re­quired to re­fer the mat­ter for fur­ther le­gal ac­tion,” the let­ter reads. Nxasana said this week that when he re­ceived a call from the NPA about the debt, he was shocked. “They still owe me a lot of money but I de­cided not to make a fuss about that,” he said. Nxasana is cur­rently ap­peal­ing be­fore the Con­sti­tu­tional Court to be re­in­stated to his for­mer post as head of NPA. The High Court in Pre­to­ria had found that his re­moval was in­valid, but did not or­der for him to be re­in­stated. The court, how­ever, said he must pay back the R17 mil­lion. He is cur­rently chal­leng­ing that rul­ing. NPA spokesper­son Lu­vuyo Mfaku de­clined to com­ment on the let­ter.

Mx­olsi Nxasana

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