ADVOCACY GROUPS SEEK COURT FOR PRESIDENT ZUMA TO SUSPEND TOP PROSECUTOR

Two South African advocacy groups — Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation — have filed an urgent court application to order President Jacob Zuma to suspend the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Shaun Abrahams, and two other top prosecutors.

The two organizations want Abrahams, as well as the NPA Head of the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit, Torie Pretorius, and its Director of Public Prosecutions for North Gauteng, Sibongile Mzinyathi, suspended pending an enquiry into their fitness to hold office.

They say that the NPA, acting through the three officials, had brought obviously baseless criminal charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and two senior officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.

The Spokesperson for Freedom Under Law, Judge Johan Krigle, said Wednesday: “There is clear evidence that Abrahams, Mzinyati and Pretorius have behaved in a manner that makes them unfit for office in their pursuit of a series of investigations into bogus allegations against the Minister of Finance; they have brought their office into disrepute, they are not fit to be in office.”

They sought to have the Finance Minister and SARS officials brought to court to face fraud cahrged but later dropped the case.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK