Gordhan charges handled amateurishly - SACP

2016-10-31 17:42
Pravin Gordhan (Screenshot, News24)

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Cape Town – The charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan were ill-considered and amateurishly handled, the South African Communist Party has said.

Announcing the cancellation of their planned picket outside the court in support of Gordhan, the SACP said NPA head Shaun Abrahams was bound to drop the charges, as they had no basis in law.

"The SACP reiterates its position that the pursuit of Minister Gordhan at all cost was a direct result not of the law duly taking its course, but an agenda to manufacture a pretext for him to be removed from the position.

"It is very important for our organs of state to desist from association with such agendas."

The party called for Parliament to hold an enquiry into Abrahams’ fitness to hold office.

"It is equally important for Parliament to amend the NPA Act to give effect to a Parliamentary selection process recommending names for consideration by the President in making the appointment of the NDPP in terms of our constitution.”

There was more that needed to be done with the Hawks as well, the SACP said, adding that the elite investigative unit’s style of work left much to be desired.

"This has been exposed for all to see in the manner in which the Hawks have handled the investigation of Minister Gordhan."

Abrahams announced the decision to withdraw the charges during a press conference on Monday. 

He did not feel the need to apologise to anyone, he said, nor would he resign. 

Parliament's justice committee on Monday welcomed the withdrawal of the charges.

Committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga said they were happy that Abrahams had applied his mind and withdrawn the charges. 

Read more on:    sacp  |  npa  |  shaun abrahams  |  pravin gordhan

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