National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has rubbished media talk that he was a lapdog of high-ranking politicians.
“I will never be a passenger in anyone’s vehicle,” Abrahams told reporters at the National Prosecuting Authority’s headquarters in Silverton, east of Pretoria, yesterday.
Abrahams referred to recent cartoons in newspapers depicting him in a vehicle being driven by President Jacob Zuma.
He then announced the NPA was appealing the decision of the High Court in Pretoria which had ruled that halting Zuma’s prosecution over almost 800 charges in 2009 was irrational.
He said due to the far-reaching significance of the case, “it needs the decision of an appeal court”.
He said the court’s ruling also had far-reaching ramifications for the powers of the NPA, whose decisions on who to prosecute should be made independently, and “free from political, public and judicial interference”.
Last month, the court set aside the decision by former acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw the charges against Zuma, and ruled that the matter needed to be reviewed.
The case around the so-called “Spy Tapes” was brought by the Democratic Alliance which asked the court to review the decision to drop 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma.