While many of us had concluded that under-fire National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams messed up, as regards to fraud charges against Pravin Gordhan, Abrahams thinks otherwise.
Forget about what happened, forget about why the NPA dropped the charges against the much-loved finance minister, the NPA boss head said his decision to drop the charges doesn’t in any way suggest he is ‘incompetent’ or ‘ politically captured’.
Against the backdrop that the decision to withdraw the charges was masterminded by Zuma, the very day he [Abrahams] paid an unofficial visit to Luthuli House, the advocate said he never discussed the case with the President.
Advocate Shaun Abrahams Not Captured
He maintained that the matter was not a blunder, but a matter of clashes in legal opinions. With these, Abrahams iterated that he was more than fit and proper to hold his position in the NPA; and as an advocate.
“I am not politically captured. I am not captured by anyone. As far as competency is concerned, my career speaks for itself,” he said.
The under-fire advocate further argued that no one who is incompetent can achieve what he has so far achieved in his career. For this reason, he said he sees no reason why he should resign as NPA Boss.
In the early hours of Monday, Advocate Shaun 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. The development buried Gordhan’s court summons, scheduled to hold on November 2.
Abraham’s decision was widely greeted with heated criticisms – although, on the other hand, the decision revived our feeble rand. But generally, many have described the withdrawal as the lowest point in the history of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).