DA to push for axing of NPA boss

2016-11-09 21:02
Shaun Abrahams (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

Shaun Abrahams (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance plans to use all means available to it in Parliament to get rid of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach on Wednesday said it was clear that Abrahams was highly questionable and not fit for office.

She used the example of the fraud charges brought against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan by the NPA, which were then summarily dropped.

The DA had already written to President Jacob Zuma to request that he suspend Abrahams, Breytenbach said.

"We await action from the president in this regard, however, should he not take heed of our call, the DA will not hesitate to make use of the parliamentary mechanism available to us – that is, having a motion passed in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in the same sitting requesting the suspension of Shaun Abrahams."

This would force the removal of Abrahams, she said.

Oversight, accountability

The party also wanted the president's powers to hire and fire the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) to be removed.

The DA is resurrecting a constitutional amendment bill, the same bill previously introduced by the late Dene Smuts in the fourth Parliament.

The bill seeks to ensure the appointment and removal of the NDPP is subject to proper oversight and accountability.

"Our bill requires that the president's decision be informed by a resolution of the National Assembly, passed with a supporting vote of at least 60% of the members of the National Assembly, which resolution should be based on the recommendation of a committee of the National Assembly," the DA said.

The proposed amendment would also leave room for civil society to get involved, the party said.

The process would be similar to that of appointing a Public Protector.

"Our private members' bill seeks to amend the Constitution in such a way that the NDPP can be removed from office by a resolution passed by a vote of at least two thirds of the members of the National Assembly. Such resolution must be based on grounds of misconduct, incapacity, or incompetence."

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