Zuma could go to court



October 13, 2016
Zuma could go to court


NPA might take steps after high court found the decision to drop the charges was irrational.

President Jacob Zuma could still have his day in court to face corruption charges.

National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams said the NPA’s still mulling its next step with regard to a high court ruling that their decision to drop 783 corruption charges against Zuma was irrational.

The ConCourt ruled that it was not “prepared at this stage” to hear an appeal against the ruling by the high court in Pretoria.

Abrahams says the NPA is taking legal advice but would make a decision “in due course”.

Meanwhile, Abrahams told MPs he was willing to review a decision to prosecute Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan upon receipt of representations from the minister’s legal team.

Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice, Abrahams again insisted there was no interference from him or others to prosecute Gordhan and two former SARS employees, Oupa Magashla and Ivan Pillay, on fraud charges related to the early retirement of Pillay.

“The decision to prosecute was made on a recommendation of the special director who heads the priority crimes litigation unit in consultation with the director of prosecutions in North Gauteng,” said Abrahams.

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