FUL and Helen Suzman Foundation apply to have Gordhan charges quashed

2016-10-23 13:46
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (City Press)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation said on Sunday that they had applied to court to have criminal charges against Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, quashed.

“This morning, attorneys acting for Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation served an urgent application to have the recent criminal charges against…Gordhan set aside,” the organisations said in a joint statement.

“This is after we invited NDPP Shaun Abrahams to furnish us with more information about the charges, or to withdraw them voluntarily. He failed to do this, despite being given a week’s notice.”

 The organisation said the charges were “obviously without foundation...

“Relating to the early retirement and subsequent re-employment of Ivan Pillay, a former Deputy Commissioner of SARS, they are completely invalid, both legally and on any plausible reading of the facts.”

Instead, the organisations suggested on Sunday, the decision to charge revealed a “dizzying incompetence” at the NPA and Hawks.

“At worst, they confirm our suspicions: that the criminal justice system is being undermined to serve particular political interests.”

The organisations said their application was not aimed to protect particular individuals or take sides in “factional battles…

“It is about protecting the machinery of the state from being undermined for malign purposes, thereby also preventing further damage to our fragile economy at a sensitive time.”

The National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Ahrahams announced last week on Tuesday that Gordhan, former deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula, would be charged with fraud relating to Pillay’s early retirement and the extension of his contract.

They are due to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on November 2.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.