Legalbrief notes that the level of former President Jacob Zuma’s desperation to get rid of Mxolisi Nxasana as NDPP – presumably so he could appoint a pliable replacement – can be deduced from the following quotes from the majority judgment, selected by News24:

* ‘Former president Zuma was bent on getting rid of Mr Nxasana by whatever means he could muster. His was an approach that kept on mutating: it was first a stick; then a carrot; a stick once more; and eventually a carrot.’

* ‘What plainly evinces how desperate former President Zuma was to get rid of Mr Nxasana is that this was followed by a draft settlement in which the amount was left blank. Mr Nxasana was being told to pick whatever figure.’

* ‘All I am saying is that the very idea that former President Zuma was willing, at least, to consider whatever amount Mr Nxasana inserted speaks volumes. To be more direct, it lends credence to the view that he wanted to get rid of Mr Nxasana at all costs.’

* ‘The inference is inescapable that he (Zuma) was effectively buying Mr Nxasana out of office. In my book, conduct of that nature compromises the independence of the office of NDPP.’

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