Ramaphosa has to appoint honorable head of public prosecution

Die Vryburger

Shaun Abrahams

A full bench from the Pretoria High Court ruled Shaun Abrahams’s appointment by Jacob Zuma as head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) invalid and ordered Ramaphosa to appoint a new director within 60 days.

The former head of NPA, Mxolisi Nxasana, has to pay back the golden handshake of R17 million he received.

This verdict is a backlash for Zuma, as Abrahams a has thus far protected Zuma against the 783 complaints of fraud and corruption against him.

The court ruled that a person who is under a cloud of charges, cannot make an appointment of a person to ensure that justice must be done.

FF Plus described the statement as an “unprecedented step.” The party’s chief whip, Dr. Corné Mulder, said Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s verdict removed Abrahams from his post as National Director of Public Prosecutions, was a victory for justice as his appointment to the position was highly suspicious.

Mulder said the judge’s recommendation that deputy Cyril Ramaphosa appoints a new NPA head, provide the opportunity to select an experienced and uncaptured person to ensure that the NPA instills renewed confidence among the public.

He said it would be wrong to appoint the former director, Mxolisi Nxasana, as it is widely accepted that president Zuma bribed him with R17 million in 2015 to vacate his post.

“This is indeed good news that will be positively received by the public. However, there is a great task now on the shoulders of deputy president Ramaphosa to show that he is serious about fighting corruption by appointing the right person.”

“The FF Plus would like to see a competent lawyer like the previous Public Protector (PP) in the post,” said Dr. Mulder.

Meanwhile, Zuma has indicated that he will take the verdict on appeal. Probably his defense will be that the court interfered with the decision of the executive authority of the country.

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