Why Ramaphosa's hands are tied over replacing Shaun Abrahams (until next week)

A prosecutions team is expected to make a recommendation on whether or not the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should charge former president Jacob Zuma this week.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams has given the team dealing with corruption allegations against Zuma until Friday to make recommendations on whether he should be prosecuted.

There have also been questions about when President Cyril Ramaphosa will replace the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

In December last year, a court ruled that Abrahams should leave office and that, the then deputy president, Ramaphosa should appoint a replacement in no more than two months.

The judgment by Judge Dunstan Mlambo will go to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday 28 February for a confirmation hearing.

This is according to the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) director Lawson Naidoo.

Naidoo says Casac approached the Constitutional Court on an urgent basis to schedule a hearing and have the court confirm the earlier High Court judgment.

Casac has asked the national prosecutions boss to wait until after the Con Court ruling next week, before deciding on Zuma's fate, as Abrahams may be replaced.

Those matters have to go to the Constitutional Court for a confirmation hearing which is scheduled for the 28th of February.

Lawson Naidoo, Director of CASAC

Up until now, Ramaphosa was unable to act on appointing a new NDPP until such time as that happened.

Lawson Naidoo, Director of CASAC

As soon as the ConCourt delivers judgment on this matter, assuming that they confirm the judgment of the High Court, President Rmaphosa will be able to appoint a new NDPP.

Lawson Naidoo, Director of CASAC

Take a listen to Lawson Naidoo explain the developments:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why Ramaphosa's hands are tied over replacing Shaun Abrahams (until next week)


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