Six big cases the new NPA boss worked on

2015-06-18 14:26


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Johannesburg - New NPA boss Shaun Abrahams has been involved in a number of high profile cases over the years.

Abrahams is a senior state advocate in the priority crimes litigation unit in the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

President Jacob Zuma announced Abrahams' appointment on Thursday.

Abrahams holds a number of degress -  Baccalareus (B Iuris), Baccalaureus Procurationis (B Proc) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB), all from the University of Natal, now University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Here is a list of some of the prominent cases Abrahams has been involved in:

Former AWB leader André Visagie's illegal possession of firearms and ammunition matter

Visagie, and his 18-year-old son Jan, were arrested in March 2011 after six home-made shotguns, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and parts of another gun and a large quantity of ammunition were found in his home.

Last year, Visagie was given a five-year prison sentence by the Kimberley Regional Court for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, two years for unlawful possession of ammunition, and one year’s imprisonment for possession of parts of a firearm, Sapa reported at the time.

The sentences for the second and third count would run concurrently.

In 2013, Visagie’s son was acquitted.

Democratic Republic of Congo plotters

In 2013, 20 members of a rebel Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) group were accused of plotting to overthrow President Joseph Kabila's government while in South Africa.

Nineteen of the men, including US-Congolese citizen James Kazongo, were arrested in February 2013 during a police raid in Limpopo.

The group's alleged leader Etienne Kabila, who claimed to be the DRC president's half-brother, was arrested in Cape Town three days later after handing himself over to the police, according to Sapa

The State alleged that the group were members of the Union of Nationalists for Renewal, a dissident organisation in the DRC, and were unhappy with the current leadership of the government under President Kabila.

They faced charges of contravening the SA Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act by engaging in mercenary activity and contravening the local Riotous Assemblies Act by conspiring to murder President Kabila and 15 top members of his government.

Henry Okah

In 2013, Nigerian Henry Okah was convicted of terrorism.

Okah was found guilty on 13 counts of terrorism, including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activities, and delivering, placing, and detonating an explosive device.

The charges related to two car bombs in Abuja, Nigeria, in which 12 people were killed and 36 injured on October 1 2010, the anniversary of the country's independence.

ANC Mangaung murder plot

In 2014, two members of a right-wing group were convicted of high treason for plotting to kill President Jacob Zuma and sentenced to eight years in prison.

The men were arrested in December 2012 on suspicion of targeting top African National Congress leaders during the party's elective conference in Bloemfontein.

According to an AFP report, Johan Prinsloo was convicted of high treason and possession of ammunition and jailed for eight years and his co-accused Mark Trollip had in 2013 pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy and was also handed an eight-year jail term.

Charges against another two men were dropped.

The men were members of the Federal Freedom Party (FFP), which wanted a separate state for white minority Afrikaners.

Attempted murder of former Rwandan General Faustin Nyamwasa

Last year, four foreign nationals were found guilty of the attempted murder of former Rwandan General Faustin Nyamwasa.

Three Rwandans and three Tanzanians are accused of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in the June 2010 shooting of Nyamwasa.

Selebi misconduct probe

Last year, Abrahams was tasked with leading an internal probe into the prosecution of convicted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

According to The New Age, a misconduct complaint was laid by Selebi's family and legal team that the prosecution did not reveal all the evidence in its possession during the former commissioner's trial.

He was sentenced to 15 years' in prison in August 2010, for taking bribes from convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

Selebi started serving his sentence in 2011, after being found guilty of corruption in 2010. He was released from Pretoria central prison on medical parole less than a year later.

Selebi died in January this year. He had suffered from diabetes and kidney problems.

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