President Jacob Zuma should suspend National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday.
Responding to a media briefing by Abrahams in which he announced that fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SA Revenue Service employees, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula, would be withdrawn, Maimane said was proof the case was “manufactured for political purposes”.
“We maintain that Shaun Abrahams initiated these charges against Pravin Gordhan for narrow political purposes, and now following a lack of evidence and huge public outcry, Abrahams has been forced to make an embarrassing about-turn, leaving him with egg on his face,” said Maimane in a statement.
“However, the NDDP cannot simply say ‘we’ve made a mistake’ and proceed to withdraw the charges. The stakes far too high to be making such unacceptable and irresponsible mistakes. Shaun Abrahams must be held responsible for this unacceptable blunder.”
Maimane said Zuma should act immediately.
“I therefore call on President Zuma to suspend Shaun Abrahams with immediate effect. In terms of section 12(6) of the NPA Act, the President can provisionally suspend the NDPP from his office, pending such inquiry into his office as the President may deem fit.”
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