South Africa’s ruling party celebrates the decision of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Shaun Abrahams, to discontinue fraud charges against Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.
The African National Congress welcomed the decision saying the actions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to charge Gordhan and others, has had a negative impact on the economy and created unnecessary speculations about the real motive.
“Informed by the constitutional principle of innocent until proven otherwise, the ANC always believed in the innocence of Comrade Pravin Gordhan, hence our unwavering support since fraud charges were preferred against him.
…Now that the charges have been dropped, we must continue to build on the trajectory of economic growth as envisaged and to create jobs as outlined by the Minister of Finance, Comrade Pravin Gordhan in the recent Medium Term Budget Policy Statement,” read an excerpt of the statement issued by Zizi Kodwa – ANC’s national spokesperson.
Also, ANC called on the appointing authority to engage the NPA leadership so as to avoid a repeat of similar incident and, protect the independence and integrity of the NPA.
Similarly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party demanded of President Zuma to immediately suspend Abrahams pending inquiry into his fitness to hold office.
The Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance argued that “the NDDP cannot simply say ‘we’ve made a mistake’ and proceed to withdraw the charges. The stakes are far too high to be making such unacceptable and irresponsible mistakes. Shaun Abrahams must be held responsible for this unacceptable blunder.”
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) responded with a letter requesting for the disbarment of Abrahams. The Fighters called on the General Council of the Bar to disbar Abrahams and the removal of his name from the roll of advocates.