Following latest revelation that the NPA boss had met with President Zuma a day before Gordhan’s court charges was announced, Opposition party, the DA accused the National Assembly speaker Mbete, Baleka of denying the party request for a Debate of Public Importance on the politicisation of the NPA.
The DA said this decision by speaker Mbete is yet another proof that she plans to do everything to shield Jacob Zuma from scrutiny and accountability.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the National Prosecuting Authority boss, Shaun Abraham met with President Jacob Zuma alongside Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Masutha, a day before he finally announced Gordhan’s Court Charges.
“I was, however, at Luthuli House [on] Monday afternoon at the request of the minister of justice and correctional services, where I attended a meeting relating to the state of anarchy as a direct result of the violent student unrest … with, inter alia, the minister of justice, minister of state security, minister of social development and the president,” Abrahams confirmed in an e-mailed response.
To the DA, NPA’s “flimsy fraud and theft charges” against Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, shows just why the Speaker’s decision cannot go unchallenged.
“Indeed these reports reinforce our contention that the NPA has been captured by Zuma Inc.” Says the DA as it plans to submit thelatest reports to the Speaker as further evidence in support of their request, and will demand that she reconsiders her decision.
DA’s chief whip, John Steenhuisen further said as the elected representatives of the people, Parliament must ensure that the Constitution is given effect to and our democracy is defended. We cannot sit idly by and do nothing
The DA reminded speaker Mbete of her constitutional responsibilities as the Speaker, asking her to remain a representative of the parliament and not Luthuli House, when vital decisions as these are to be taken.
“Parliament must rise to the occasion and face head-on the attacks on our Constitutional democracy. I intend to do everything possible to ensure that this happens.” DA’s DA’s chief whip, John Steenhuisen said.