‘Probe NPA Head After Charging Gordhan’, Mathews Phosa Tells Council


Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Mathews Phosa suggests that the General Council of the Bar investigate the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams after he charged the finance minister with fraud.

Mathews Phosa who is a long-time member of the ANC said he has also written to President Jacob Zuma asking that Abrahams be investigated.

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He said the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa cannot be influenced and controlled by the presidency and other top government officials, hence the department’s head should be appointed by Parliament, not by the president so it would remain independent.

“I’m going to write a letter this afternoon to the General Council of the Bar to investigate. I agree with comrade Cyril [Ramaphosa], he did a good thing – it’s a little late but it’s appreciated. Pravin Gordhan must be left to do the business of the people including to root out corruption without fear or favour,” Mathews Phosa.

SA’s new Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is due to receive Thuli Madonsela’s report into state capture that is believed to reveal whether the Gupta family has unduly influenced Zuma and senior government members.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had over the weekend offered his political support and encouragement to the Finance minister Gordhan who in turn filed a court application about the Gupta family’s suspicious transactions amounting to R6.8 billion.

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Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane on the other hand has promised after her handover meeting with Madonsela, that the state capture report will be prioritized.

Mkhwebane who initially claimed she would focus on the a number of cases and those that affected ordinary South Africans, other than the alleged state capture, changed her stance by saying she will look into the investigation with ultimate interest.