The head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Shaun Abrahams has made it clear that he is loyal to the country and the Constitution and not to any individual.
With this declaration, he dismissed all criticism that he is acting in the best interests of President Jacob Zuma.
In an announcement he made yesterday in Pretoria, Abrahams said that the NPA was going to appeal the recent ruling by High Court which set aside the 2009 decision to drop the 738 charges against the president.
he added that the decision threatens prosecutors’ discretion on whether or not to proceed with the matter.
NPA head Shaun Abrahams emphasized that truly he consulted widely, but he did not consult with Zuma’s legal team before making the decision to appeal the High Court ruling.
“The legal team that represented the NPA during the argument of the matter was consulted by me only,” he maintained, adding that he is not controlled by political considerations or any higher power.
“I will always do what is correct irrespective of whether the individual concerned is an ordinary citizen, Cabinet minister or a sitting president.”
The appeal application was filed in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday.
Opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane maintained that Advocate Abrahams is compromised and that he will be fighting against the appeal made by the NPA to make sure Zuma gets his day in court.
“I’ve always maintained that Advocate Abrahams was deployed there to do Zuma’s bidding. I am not surprised at all by the decision that he has taken to appeal the judgment. I think he wouldn’t be surprised if I took a decision to say I would also be joining the application to make sure his appeal is unsuccessful.”
Maimane says he still believes that every South African is equal before the law and that Jacob Zuma is not unique and must be treated like any other citizen.