Gordhan Effect: Zuma Under Pressure To Suspend Abrahams & Two Others

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As an aftermath of the withdrawal of the Finance Minister’s court summon and fraud charges, civil society organizations have given President Zuma an ultimatum of suspending Shuan Abrahams and 2 other NPA officials, latest today, November 7, 2016.

Last week Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation demanded that the President provisionally suspends the NPA top officials in order to re-assure the people of the credibility of the legal department.

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The groups clearly stated in the letter that Zuma has until 4pm today to comply with their demand.

Representing the 2 civil society groups, Webber Wentzel, likewise called on Shuan Abrahams, Torie Pretorius and Sibongile Mzinyathi to resign from their positions. The Law firm believe that their resignation will reduce the level of harm that has been done to the law enforcement institution.

According to the civil society groups, if the President fails to comply, then they will take the matter to court.

Going to court implies that the groups will bring an urgent application to force President Zuma to suspend the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).



As the charges against Gordhan was dropped, a whole lot of people began to question the independence of the NPA. Worse still, the economy went through an ugly recess, courtesy of the supposed probe.

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On that note, the civil society groups see the reason why Abrahams should resign.

As he said while confirming the withdrawal of charges against Gordhan, Abrahams says he does not have to apologize to anyone for doing his job.

According to him, the call for Gordhan’s probe was only obligatory legal checks and balances as stipulated in the constitution. He denies that the initial summon of the Minister was not politically influenced in any way.

“Will I resign? I certainly will not.” Shuan Abrahms said.

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