Latest withdrawal of court summons by the National Prosecution Authority could be a good mechanism that would speed up people’s clamour for Shaun Abrahams immediate removal.
The NPA’s boss recently announced the authority’s withdrawal of summons against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay saying after “perusal” of the matter he had decided to “overrule the decision” to prosecute the minister.
Abrahams also said in the letter that he had directed that the summons against Gordhan be withdrawn with “immediate effect”.
Though this announcement would see an end to the alleged politically motivated fight against the National, treasury, it could bring Abrahams’ job as the NPA boss to an untimely end as the Democratic Alliance among other groups, plan to push for his immediate resignation on the claims that he misled the parliament and therefore unfit for his position in the authority.
A number of analysts had, after the announcement of the withdrawn charges, accused Abrahams of dragging the NPA through the muds when he prematurely announced on October 11 that Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula would be charged with fraud.
Some had also described his refusal to resign or publicly state that he will take disciplinary steps against Advocate Torie Pretorius, who allegedly decided to prosecute Gordhan, as a proof of his own unfitness to hold this position.
In the front line of the fight against the NPA boss is the DA which had earlier asked him to “do the right thing” by withdrawing the summons and resign.
On its latest release, the DA said Advocate Shaun Abrahams’ decision to drop criminal charges against Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, vindicates the party’s position that the charges were manufactured for malicious political purposes, and were without merit from their inception.
The party maintained that Shaun Abrahams initiated the charges against Pravin Gordhan for narrow political purposes, and now following a lack of evidence and huge public outcry, he has been forced to make an embarrassing about-turn, ” leaving him with egg on his face”
“The NDDP cannot simply say “we’ve made a mistake” and proceed to withdraw the charges. The stakes are far too high to be making such unacceptable and irresponsible mistakes. Shaun Abrahams must be held responsible for this unacceptable blunder” DA leader, Mmusi Maimane stated.
He, therefore, called on President Jacob Zuma to with immediate effect, see to it that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv. Shaun Abrahams leaves office.
“I therefore call on President Zuma to suspend Shaun Abrahams with immediate effect. In terms of section 12(6) of the NPA Act, the President can provisionally suspend the NDPP from his office, pending such inquiry into his office as the President may deem fit.
“The President is required to communicate this suspension to Parliament within fourteen days after said suspension, or within fourteen days after the commencement of the next session of Parliament, if Parliament wasn’t in sitting at the time of said suspension,” he said.
According to Maimane also, the parliament should within 30 days after the above notice had been tabled, or as soon as possible thereafter, pass a resolution either to restore the NDPP to his office or to remove him finally.
This would allow Parliament to fulfill its right role in holding the executive to account, and insuring the use of power is open, transparent, and most importantly – legal, the party said as it points out that this clearly illustrate the war government is waging against itself – making use of institutions of state to settle political scores.
“We’re in a race against time to save our institutions and our democracy. Because without these democratic institutions, we have no democracy,” the party said, adding that Zuma must act decisively, or give the impression that he is behind these malicious political antics.