Calls for Shaun Abrahams to resign
South Africans are still coming to terms with the withdrawal of fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Yesterday the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams withdrew the charges against the minister, former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula and Gordhan’s former deputy at SARS, Ivan Pillay. The charges levelled against the trio related to the authorisation of Pillay’s retirement and later employing him as a consultant to the South African Revenue Service.
Gordhan, Magashula and Pillay were to appear in the Pretoria magistrate’s court tomorrow. Political parties, as well as civil society groups, have since called for Abrahams to step down. The EFF said yesterday that the NDPP has brought the NPA and its integrity to disrepute. The EFF want Abrahams to be disbarred. The Democratic Alliance has called on President Jacob Zuma to take action against the NPA head. Freedom Under Law who had called for the charges to be scrapped, wants Abrahams to apologise. Abrahams yesterday told journalists that he will not apologise. He said deciding to drop the charges shows that the NPA is strong.
Cape Town Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane has added his voice to the chorus of calls for National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, to resign. Ndungane says , “Shaun Abrahams must resign or be dismissed, if not for his own good, then as a lesson to others not to play loose and fast with our hard-won freedom and Constitution.”
Save South Africa and its supports will gather outside the Pretoria magistrates court as planned tomorrow. They will highlight the issues plaguing the country, including state capture.
The news of the charges being dropped was also good for the rand. The local currency strengthened over two percent to trade close to the R13.50 against the dollar mark.
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This is how Sipho Pityana from Save South Africa reacted after news that charges against the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay were withdrawn.
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