Few days after the release of a report on his meeting with President Jacob Zuma at Luthuli House a day after the announcement of Minister Pravin Gordhan’s fraud charges, National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams is about to announce a possible withdrawal of the court case against the minister.
The NPA boss has been under fire since his announcement charges against the finance minister for fraudulently approving, in a previous post as head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), early retirement for a deputy tax commissioner and re-hiring him as a consultant, costing the tax agency 1.1-million rand.
The court hearing is scheduled for November 2 even though Gordhan denied any wrongdoing, saying the case is politically motivated. The state prosecutor has also rejected allegations of political interference in the matter.
The DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach‚ had at a time‚ challenged Abrahams to “declare publicly the real reasons behind his visit to Luthuli House,” saying if he has nothing to hide‚ he “must make the minutes of the meeting publicly available‚”.
Breytenbach described the visit as highly questionable‚ saying it raised ethical questions as the head of the NPA, Shaun Abrahams was required to be impartial.
“The excuse provided by Abrahams that he visited Luthuli House to discuss student protests with the party’s leaders falls flat since the Minister of Higher Education‚ the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Police were not present at this supposed meeting‚” she said.
Meanwhile, Shaun Abrahams would today announce whether or not the fraud and theft charges against the minister will still hold in court or not.
Abrahams might have engaged his mind all through the weekend brooding on the possibility of dropping, not dropping or adding to Gordhan’s charges