Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's lawyer, Tebogo Malatji, says the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) denied them the opportunity to explain whether the charges proposed to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan were sustainable.
Malatjie says they asked the NDPP to allow them to make a representation prior to decision to charge the minister of finance.
NDPP gave Gordhan a 5pm deadline today to make submissions relating to the fraud charges laid against him by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Yesterday former South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula and former Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay made representations to NPA head Shaun Abrahams.
Gordhan said he will not represent himself to the NDPP as he has no confidence in NPA boss.
Participating in a process which you don't have confidence in is problematic.— Tebogo Malatji, minister of finance's lawyer
If it was a genuine offer it should have come before the decision and it should have come before the press conference.— Tebogo Malatji, minister of finance's lawyer
Hear more of Malatji's arguments from the audio below...