Abrahams must be disbarred, struck off the roll - EFF

2016-10-31 15:36
NPA boss Shaun Abrahams (File)

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Cape Town – The Economic Freedom Fighters has called on the General Council of the Bar to disbar NPA head Shaun Abrahams.

Not only that, but the party also want Abrahams struck from the roll of advocates, the party said in a letter to the council on Monday.

This as the NPA head on Monday insisted he would not resign, after dropping fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his co-accused.

READ: Why Shaun Abrahams should resign today

The letter, written by EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee, lists various reasons for the party’s call for Abrahams to be disbarred.

These included the handling of the Gordhan case and the processes involved in such, as well as the charges against EFF leader Julius Malema under the Riotous Assemblies Act 17 of 1956.

‘Spurious’ charges

READ: DA calls for Abrahams' head

"The Economic Freedom Fighters believe that Mr Abrahams has violated his Constitutional ethical duties and that he is neither competent, nor fit and proper, to be an Advocate of the High Court," the party said.

The EFF said it may pursue the matter in court, should the General Council of the bar decline the request.

"Abrahams is not worth his title and he ought to be disbarred. His aforementioned conduct is an embarrassment to the profession. His blatant impartiality and lack of integrity is causing grave prejudice to the legal profession.

“His remaining in office as the NDPP and on the roll of advocates brings the legal profession into disrepute and makes them look like a club of intellectually impaired scholars of law who lack integrity," the party said.

Party spokesperson Fana Mokoena told News24 on Monday that the party had expected the dropping of the "spurious" charges against Gordhan.

"It wasn’t a big surprise."

The party, however, would continue with the march planned for November 2, he said, as the day of action was about various things.

They would be calling for Abrahams and President Jacob Zuma to resign, and for the fees must fall protests to be supported, Mokoena said.

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