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Get all the details from National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams's announcement that the body will be appealing a high court decision on the Zuma spy tapes and will not be prosecuting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
IN SUMMARY: The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will
seek leave to appeal a court ruling that corruption charges must be reinstated
against President Jacob Zuma.
"I believe it needs the decision of an appeal
court," national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams told
reporters in Pretoria.
"My decision has been made after much
"Before announcing this, Abrahams went to great length to
explain how independent he is, saying: "I will carry out my duties...
without fear or favour or prejudice...
"I will always do what is correct, irrespective of
whether the individual is an ordinary person, a Cabinet minister or a sitting
president," said Abrahams.
Earlier, he also announced that the NPA will not be prosecuting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
"There are no charges of espionage being investigated
against Minister Gordhan," Abrahams said.
Last weekend's reports that Gordhan faced imminent arrest
negatively affected the economy, the NPA boss said.
Also comments by "certain" media, politicians, and
analysts on these reports did not help, he said.
Neither Abrahams nor the institution required the political
go-ahead to decide whether to prosecute or not, he added. "The NPA is not involved nor is it driving any
prosecution in this matter [the Gordhan matter]... the NPA is not filthy and
corrupt as some politicians would want you to believe," he said.
Abrahams’ logic: a court says misconduct in a decision to not prosecute should go to a court. I need to challenge that in a court. #spytapes— Phillip de Wet (@phillipdewet) May 23, 2016
Abrahams’ logic: a court says misconduct in a decision to not prosecute should go to a court. I need to challenge that in a court. #spytapes
In the event that the evidence implicates any person of having committed a crime a warning statement will be taken, and he or she will be given time to respond, says SA.
At that stage the person will not be informed that he or she is a suspect.
If minister is implicated I will make the decision at the end of the investigation on whether anyone should be prosecuted, even if it's the minister, says SA.
It's not in anyone's interest that this matter be investigated in the public domain - SA
Prosecutors may issue instructions to police, which the police must comply with. This is in order to establish if evidence is reliable - SA
And whether its in interest of justice that such a prosecution must proceed - SA
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