Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public Prosecutions’ explanation for his presence at Luthuli House the day before he announced his decision to institute charges against Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, is logically flawed and does not fool anybody, says the Democratic Alliance party.
To the Party, Abrahams’ meeting with the ruling party behind closed doors raises ethical questions and should be condemned in the strongest terms.
“The excuse provided by Abrahams that he visited Luthuli House to discuss student protests with the party’s leaders falls flat since the Minister of Higher Education, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Police were not present at this supposed ‘meeting.’
“(His) explanation for his presence at Luthuli House the day before he announced his decision to institute charges against Finance Minister is logically flawed and does not fool anybody.
“To seriously suggest that the public believe that he did not discuss the impending prosecution of such a high profile individual is ludicrous,” stated that DA.
Thus the opposition party charged Abrahams to publicly declare the reason behind his visit to Luthuli House. “If he has nothing to hide, he must make the minutes of the meeting publicly available,” added DA
Maimane’s party emphasized that Abrahams’ visit to Luthuli House is highly questionable and calls into question his ability to properly fulfill his constitutional obligations as an impartial head of the NPA.
“As head of the NPA he must be an impartial actor, moved by considerations of the rule of law and justice, rather than fear, favor or prejudice – as it is stated in section 179(4) of the Constitution.
“According to section 35(1) of Act 32 of 1998, the NDPP is accountable to Parliament – not to the Cabinet or members of the ruling party,” DA highlighted.
With that, the party pointed out that it’s of utmost importance the NPA remains impartial in fulfilling its obligations. It must serve in the interest of the South African public,” DA implored.