Politicisation of NPA a threat to democracy

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Politicisation of NPA a threat to democracy
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The politicisation of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is a threat to South Africa’s democracy, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.

“The timing and nature of charges most recently brought against the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema has left me deeply concerned,” Maimane said in Johannesburg.

An impartial and independent prosecuting authority was the backbone of a functioning constitutional democracy, where the principle of the rule of law was respected and upheld.

While it may be that both had a case to answer before the courts, one could not ignore the suspicious timing of the charges, especially in light of the contemptible delaying tactics being used by the NPA to avoid prosecuting President Jacob Zuma for the 783 charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering he faces.

“Our nation should be worried when a minister of finance expresses publicly that he has no faith in the National Director of Public Prosecutions adv Shaun Abrahams to give him a fair hearing,” he said.

The DA would not sit by while this assault on such a valuable institution of state continued and DA chief whip John Steenhuisen had requested a debate of public importance on this matter in the National Assembly.

“I urge the ANC chief whip [Jackson Mthembu] to end his selective outrage and support our call. It is time for Parliament to call Shaun Abrahams and the NPA to account for their actions.

“I have also asked for my office to collate all the criminal charges which we have submitted to the [South African Police Service] SAPS. We will follow up on all of these charges through written questions in Parliament to again ascertain why the NPA thinks some cases are more important than others.”

Furthermore, the DA would renew its efforts to ensure the independence of the NPA by pursuing the private members bill, first drafted by the late DA MP Dene Smuts, to provide for greater accountability of the NPA and more Parliamentary oversight over the selection of the national director of public prosecutions.

“The NPA, of course, have a golden opportunity to show that they are capable of acting without fear or favour by dropping their costly litigation opposing the re-institution of the 783 corruption charges against Jacob Zuma and proceed with prosecuting the president – as they have been instructed to do by the courts,” Maimane said.

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