Charges withdrawn against Gordhan

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Charges withdrawn against Gordhan
Pravin Gordhan - Image - REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams on Monday withdrew fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula and former deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay.

At a media briefing at the National Prosecuting Authority headquarters in Pretoria, Abrahams said there was no evidence of criminal intent by the trio.

“In the absence of any other evidence to the contrary, I’m satisfied that Mr Magashula, Mr Pillay and Minister Gordhan did not have the requisite intention to act unlawfully,” said Abrahams.

“I’m of he view that this matter could easily had been clarified had there been proper engagement and cooperation between the Hawks and Mr Magashula, Mr Pillay and Minister Gordhan.

“Under the circumstances, I’ve decided to overrule the decision to prosecute Mr Magashula, Mr Pillay and Minister Gordhan on the charges listed in the summons. As such I’ve directed the summons to be withdrawn with immediate effect, and there will thus no longer be any need for Mr Magashula, Mr Pillay and Minister Gordhan to appear in court …”

On October 11, the rand took a knock as the National Prosecuting Authority announced that it had issued a formal summons against Gordhan amid the ongoing, politically-charged investigation into an intelligence unit within the South African Revenue Service.

Gordhan, Magashula and Pillay were due to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday, November 2.

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