Zuma’s cynical move against NDPP leadership

The inexorable clamour for President Zuma’s resignation can now only reach deafening proportions after his latest cynical move to secure short term tenure by creating a number of ‘fall guys” in the State Capture saga. Zuma’s politic and cynical request for the three advocates leading the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to give him reasons in writing why he shouldn’t suspend them for the abortive [politically inspired] prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan – and launch an enquiry into their fitness to hold office – is likely to come back and bite him. Hard. Already refugees from the SA Revenue Services are revealing all in a book about the alleged ‘rogue unit’ that the NDPP is probing. The edges are fraying elsewhere too. Witness the Gupta-linked Eskom executives jumping ship, the excuses of former Chief Executive Brian Molefe, now the subject of widespread media satire. Sure, there’s always a fall guy or two in politics, the proverbial sacrificial lambs. But setting up the equivalent of a political butchery when the nation’s tastes have turned vegetarian might just give our infamous leader a terminal stomach ache. – Chris Bateman

By Kaveel Singh

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has written to NPA head Shaun Abrahams asking him to provide reasons why he should not be suspended, it was reported on Tuesday.

This follows the NPA’s decision to charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and then later drop the charges.

Shaun Abrahams
National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams speaks during a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The office of the president said Zuma gave notice of his intention to request reasons as to whether to suspend Abrahams, Director of Public Prosecutions Sibongile Mzinyathi and Acting Special Director of Public Prosecutions Dr Torie Pretorius.

“The President has requested the three advocates to make written representations to him, as to why they should not be placed on suspension and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.”

Zuma had also questioned their respective offices, the presidency said.

Zuma’s decision follows a request by Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation for the President to suspend the three advocates pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office. Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation raised concerns with the manner in which the three advocates conducted the prosecution of Minister Pravin Gordhan, former deputy SA Revenue Service commissioner Ivan Pillay and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula. – News24

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/breaking-zuma-wants-abrahams-to-state-why-he-shouldnt-to-be-suspended-20161115

Statement from Presidency

President Jacob Zuma has given notice of his intention to request reasons as to whether to suspend Advocates Shaun Abrahams, National Director of Public Prosecutions and Sibongile Mzinyathi, Director of Public Prosecutions as well as Dr Torie Pretorius, Acting Special Director of Public Prosecutions from their respective offices and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

The President’s decision follows a request by Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation for the President to suspend the three advocates pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation raised concerns with the manner in which the three advocates conducted the prosecution of Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mr Visvanathan Pillay and Mr George Magashula.

The President has requested the three advocates to make written representations to him, as to why they should not be placed on suspension and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

South Africa Prosecutor Facing Suspension After Gordhan Case

by Thembisile Dzonzi

(Bloomberg) — South Africa’s chief prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, has been asked to explain why he shouldn’t be suspended, weeks after announcing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be charged with fraud and then withdrawing the case.

A letter sent by President Jacob Zuma to Abrahams followed a court application from Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation to suspend Abrahams and two other prosecutors over the way they conducted the matter against the finance minister. Gordhan claimed the charges were politically motivated.

“The president has requested the three advocates to make written representations to him, as to why they should not be placed on suspension and whether to hold an inquiry into their fitness to hold office,” the presidency said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

The investigation and possible charges against Gordhan for approving a pension payout of a former revenue service colleague knocked the rand and bonds, adding to political instability in Africa’s most-industrialized economy. Abrahams dropped the charges on Oct. 31, saying the case wasn’t likely to be successful in court, after a campaign to support Gordhan by some members of the ruling African National Congress, opposition parties and other groups.

The finance minister is still under investigation for overseeing the setting up of an allegedly covert surveillance unit when he headed the tax agency a decade ago.

Abrahams, who must give reasons by Nov. 28 why he shouldn’t be suspended, clashed with Berning Ntlemeza, the head of the Hawks police unit that investigated the case about the decision to drop the charges against Gordhan.

Ntlemeza accused Abrahams of buckling to pressure from politicians, civil-society groups and the media, while the prosecutions head accused the police of an incomplete probe into the matter, Johannesburg-based Business Day reported, citing letters between the two officials.

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