Barely two days after writing to the National Prosecution Authority Boss Shaun Abrahams, President Zuma has made known his point of view on the matter.
Weighing in on the matter, President Zuma said the growing calls for Abrahams to resign is premature and untimely, maintaining that the matter should be allowed to follow its due course.
He said although civil rights groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have requested him to suspend the NPA boss, he, however, insisted that doing so will be an abuse of the court process.
Zuma argued that the civic rights groups went to court knowing full well that their demand is premature and that he has written to Abrahams.
“The launching of this urgent application, well knowing that I am in the process of considering exercising my power in terms of section 12 of the NPA Act, is an abuse of court process and is at best for the applicants premature,” he said.
On November 15, the president wrote to the NPA Boss, requesting him to state why he and two other implicated advocates Sibongile Mzinyathi and Torie Pretorius should not be suspended pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.
Advocate Mzinyathi is Director of Public Prosecutions while Advocate Pretorius is the Acting Special Director of Public Prosecutions.
The president’s request stemmed from the public concern raised by Freedom under Law and Helen Suzman Foundation over the manner with which Shaun and his cohorts handled the fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former deputy SA Revenue Service commissioner Ivan Pillay and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula.
Earlier this month, Abrahams surprisingly dropped Gordhan’s charges after the minister’s woes drew massive resistance and public outcry.
Although, the state said it lost its grips on Gordhan, Pillay, and Magashula because the accused lacked the requisite intention to act unlawfully, but many believe that the ruling party’s ‘backroom boys’ fast-pedalled the development.
As a result of the debacle, many called on NPA Boss Shaun Abrahams to step down for chickening out from the prosecution based on a lack of evidence.