Civil organisations to press on with request for inquiry into NPA boss

2016-11-08 06:30
Shaun Abrahams (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Shaun Abrahams (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) will press on with their request for an inquiry into the fitness of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) to hold office, the organisations said in a media statement.

The civil organisations reportedly gave President Jacob Zuma an ultimatum last week after NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced the withdrawal of charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The organisations had given Zuma until 16:00 on Monday, November 7, to provisionally suspend Abrahams and prosecutors Torie Pretorius and Sibongile Mzinyathi.

The Presidency on Monday said it had not received a letter in this regard.

"Despite due delivery of the letter the Presidency has seen fit publicly to deny receipt and to ask for another two weeks to respond," the organisations' statement reads.

"The HSF and FUL regard this conduct as unacceptable and have informed the president that the urgent application foreshadowed in the letter is being instituted forthwith."

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said the Presidency had learnt through media reports that the organisations had apparently written a letter to Zuma regarding the alleged impropriety and unfitness of Abrahams for the office of the NDPP.

He told News24 earlier that the matter would be attended to once the Presidency had received the letter.

Read more on:    helen suzman foundation  |  npa  |  freedom under law  |  shaun abrahams  |  politics

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