Shaun Abrahams faces suspension

By Drum Digital
15 November 2016

President Jacob Zuma has asked NPA head Shaun Abrahams to give him reasons why he shouldn’t suspend him pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

President Jacob Zuma has requested the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) head, Shaun Abrahams, to furnish reasons why he shouldn’t suspend him pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Zuma has made the same request to  Public Prosecutions Director Sibongile Mzinyathi and Acting  Public Prosecutions Special Director Torie Pretorius, both of whom were involved in the decision to prosecute Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Abrahams overturned the decision a day before the trio was due to appear in court.

Zuma’s requests comes after the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law filed an urgent application to the North Gauteng High Court on 9 November 2016, to order him to suspend the three officials.

The two NGO’s accused the three NPA officials of bringing forward “baseless” criminal charges against Gordhan abd former SA Revenue Services officials Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.

Earlier, the two organisations sent a letter to President Zuma urging him to remove Abrahams pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

The letter accused Abrahams of undermining public confidence in the integrity of the NPA.

The organisations gave President Zuma until four pm on Monday 7th of November to take action or they would seek legal action, the office of the presidency did not meet their urgent deadline.

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