Following the National Prosecution Authority boss Shaun Abrahams’ backtrack on fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the EFF has moved to eliminate his name from the roll of advocates.
The Malema-led party on Monday said it has written to the General Council of the Bar, requesting the dismissal of Abrahams as the head of the NPA.
According to the party, the National Prosecution Authority head’s controversial and sudden withdrawal of the charges is a violation of his constitutional duties. More so, the EFF said his action showed he’s green-horned and incompetent to work as NPA boss.
The red colour party added that Abraham’s action must be investigated because on October 10, he had an “improper” meeting with President Zuma in Luthuli house, a day before he announced Gordhan’s charges.
“…It is highly improper and irregular for a person who is appealing the reinstatement of charges against him by the NPA‚ to meet with the head thereof in a secret meeting,” the EFF stated in the letter.
With these and more, the party expressed hope that the General Council of Bar will help them push out the NPA Boss from the league of South African advocates. The party added it will pursue the matter in court if the council turns down its request.
“The EFF reserves its rights and may pursue this matter in court should the General Council of the Bar decline this request‚” said EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee.
In the early hours of today, Abrahams announced the withdrawal of fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay.
The NPA boss said he found that Gordhan, Pillay and Magashula lacked the requisite intention to act unlawfully after considering representations tabled before him.
Following this development, Gordhan and the rest will no longer appear in court on November 2, as earlier scheduled.
Meanwhile, many have described the withdrawal of fraud charges against Gordhan and others as the lowest point in the history of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).