The Democratic Alliance has welcomed news that President Jacob Zuma is taking action against National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Advocate Shaun Abrahams.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says Abraham’s tenure has damaged the integrity of the NPA.
Maimane said the fact that Abrahams failed to apologise for first reviewing charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, which “knocked R50 billion out of our ailing economy” was proof he was unfit to lead the NPA.
“Shaun Abrahams’ tenure has been amateurish and deeply tainted by political witch-hunts, which has brought the independence of the entire NPA into disrepute,” Maimane said.
“We are of the firm view that Abrahams is unfit to hold the office of NDPP, and the intention to suspend him is welcomed.”
In a statement, the presidency said: “President Jacob Zuma has given notice of his intention to request reasons as to whether to suspend Advocates Shaun Abrahams, National Director of Public Prosecutions, and Sibongile Mzinyathi, Director of Public Prosecutions as well as Dr Torie Pretorius, Acting Special Director of Public Prosecutions from their respective offices and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.
“The President has requested the three advocates to make written representations to him, as to why they should not be placed on suspension and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.”
Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have launched a court application to compel the president to suspend Abrahams, Mzinyathi and Pretorius.