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Case to compel Zuma to suspend NPA head goes to court

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A full bench of the High Court in Pretoria will on Thursday hear the joint application of the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law to compel President Zuma to suspend NPA Head, Shaun Abrahams and two other officials.

The organisations wants the President to suspend Abrahams, Dr Torie Pretorius and Advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi pending an enquiry into their fitness to hold office.

President Zuma has written to the trio requesting them to give reasons why they should not be suspended pending an inquiry.
Advocate Abrahams has been under scrutiny after he charged former SARS bosses Minister Pravin Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula with fraud relating to Pillay’s retirement package.

Two weeks after they were charged, Abrahams announced that he was withdrawing all charges against them.

Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have stated in court papers that the suspensions are necessary because circumstances surrounding the preferring and withdrawal of the charges was insupportable and trumped up.

They say the charges had disastrous consequences for administration of justice and the economy.

In his answering papers, the President has indicated that he’s of the view that utter incompetence, recklessness and misconduct on the part of relevant prosecutors are not ground warranting suspension or disciplinary inquiry.

[Source: SABC]
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