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

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:

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Civic rights groups in court to force Zuma to boot NPA boss

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Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law joins call to have NPA boss suspended

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Some Twitter users feel Shaun Abrahams has been left with egg on his face after dropping fraud charges against Gordhan and co.

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