FUL, HSF to meet with legal teams over Abrahams after Zuma letter

2016-11-16 18:05
Shaun Abrahams (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

Shaun Abrahams (Nico Gous, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) are still deliberating over their next step after President Jacob Zuma asked for head of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams to make submissions on why he should not be suspended.

According to a statement from the Presidency, Zuma wrote to Abrahams asking for reasons not to suspend him, head of the priority crimes litigation unit Dr Torie Pretorius and director of public prosecutions for North Gauteng Advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi. He also asked for reasons for the three not to face an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

The trio are in the possible firing line for their handling of the fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Abrahams said he dropped the charges against the finance minister after he came across new evidence in the matter during representations by former Sars boss Oupa Magashula and senior executive Ivan Pillay who faced a similar charge.

Abrahams issued them with a summons for approving an early retirement payout for Pillay.
He was later rehired on contract.

HSF and FUL had said Abrahams was not fit to hold office, asserting that the charges brought against Gordhan, Magashula and Pillay were baseless.

"On face value we welcome the news, there seems to be some movement but one cannot count their chickens before they hatch," said FUL's chairperson Judge Johann Kriegler in response to the president's letter to Abrahams.

He said a decision on what to do would be made after a meeting with lawyers.

"One must be very cautious and think very carefully in such a matter," he said.

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

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