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Fast-tracking Abrahams' suspension could redeem NPA, argue civic groups

24 November 2016 3:56 PM

The groups have brought an application to force President Jacob Zuma to suspend NDPP Shaun Abrahams right away, and save the NPA.

Civic rights groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation are arguing that their application to have President Jacob Zuma suspend NPA boss Shaun Abrahams is a matter of urgency.

Advocate David Unterhalter, who has been representing the organisations, has argued that Zuma should suspend Abrahams immediately, pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Abrahams made the announcement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be charged with fraud and then later withdrew those charges last month.

Last week, the President wrote to Abrahams and the other two prosecutors, asking them to justify why they should not be suspended.

The deadline for them to respond is Monday 28 November.

EWN's Gia Nicolaides says Unterhalter believes the integrity of the NPA is at stake if Zuma does not act fast.

He believes the NPA's reputation has been damaged and that this is the time to take action in order to regain some integrity.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

He says the matter cannot wait... Zuma could sit on the matter for months.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

The judges have questioned the need to rush the matter along, considering Zuma has already put steps into place.

They will announce their decision on the urgency of the application after 16h00 today.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Fast-tracking Abrahams' suspension could redeem NPA, argue civic groups


24 November 2016 3:56 PM

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