“I will not apologise to anyone” – NPA’S Shaun Abrahams

By Drum Digital
31 October 2016

National Prosecuting Authority head, Shaun Abrahams, says he will not be apologising to anyone, especially not to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula for charging them with fraud.

This comes after the two granted former SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay early retirement and later extended his contract.

This is despite Abrahams announcing in a press briefing on Monday morning that he will be dropping the charges.

“As Director of the NPA, I do not always reverse a decision unless it is an exception, and this matter was of great public interest,” he said.

Abrahams was under immense pressure to admit whether he believed he is incompetent and has damaged the reputation of the institution.

“I will not answer the question whether I am embarrassed about what happened, I chose not to,” he told the media this morning.

Instead, he passed the buck, saying he is not involved in any decision-making that happens in court with prosecutors on cases and he was relying on their information.

“There are many cases that are being prosecuted that I don’t know about,” he says. “Many people have misconceptions about my role.”

Instead he said there should have been better co-operation with the Hawks between Gordhan, Magashula and Pillay, which would have prevented the entire process.

“Gordhan should have consulted his deputy Nhlanhla Nene to advise him,” he says. “But I do not find that he acted unlawfully.”

Abrahams had previously clearly outlined the reasons behind his decision to prosecute before announcing that the charges are dropped.

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