NPA dis­mayed as Maimane seeks Abrahams’ sus­pen­sion

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

THE NPA has hit back at DA leader Mmusi Maimane for ask­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to sus­pend im­me­di­ately its head Shaun Abrahams pend­ing an in­quiry into his fit­ness to hold of­fice.

Yes­ter­day, Maimane ac­cused Abrahams of over­see­ing the com­plete politi­ci­sa­tion of the NPA, say­ing its work was char­ac­terised by se­lec­tive pros­e­cu­tion.

“In­stead of en­sur­ing the law ap­plies equally to every­one, Abrahams has safe­guarded cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als from pros­e­cu­tion and from fac­ing the full might of the law,” Maimane said in a state­ment.

But NPA spokesper­son Lu­vuyo Mfaku said the claims made by Maimane and his party were base­less.

“We are dis­mayed that the DA is mak­ing such al­le­ga­tions,” he said.

In his let­ter to Zuma, Maimane said Abrahams’ ac­tions had proved sub­stance to per­cep­tion – that the NPA was at best def­er­en­tial to the ex­ec­u­tive and at worst po­lit­i­cally cap­tured.

“Nowhere has this been more ev­i­dent than in ad­vo­cate Abrahams’ com­plete si­lence and in­ac­tion on the un­prece­dented slew of al­leged crimes con­tained in the Gupta email leaks.”

He com­plained about open­ing cases against the Gup­tas and their as­so­ciates, min­is­ters and of­fi­cials in con­nec­tion with the leaked emails.

“Since then, there has been no fur­ther ac­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tion or any state­ment what­so­ever by ad­vo­cate Abrahams or his of­fice.”

He also com­plained about de­lays in the pros­e­cu­tion in the case he opened on the Nkandla se­cu­rity up­grades, and that Abrahams al­legedly re­fused to meet him over the mat­ter de­spite his be­ing told by the po­lice that the probe had been com­pleted.

Maimane said that as Abrahams failed in his job, he should be sus­pended pend­ing a full par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into his fit­ness to hold of­fice.

“I trust the pres­i­dent will act with­out de­lay in sus­pend­ing ad­vo­cate Abrahams to re­store the in­tegrity of our pros­e­cut­ing author­ity,” he said.

Zuma’s spokesper­son Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga could not be reached for com­ment.

Mfaku, how­ever, said Maimane had been fully ap­prised on the Nkandla mat­ter, and his lawyers were in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the NPA.

He ex­plained that although the po­lice sent a docket for a de­ci­sion in 2015, they could not de­cide whether the probe was suf­fi­cient.

Mfaku said the spe­cial di­rec­tor of pros­e­cu­tion han­dling the Nkandla-re­lated cases had di­rected the po­lice to con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions and that re­lated cases were be­ing re­viewed.

He stated that Abrahams did not make a de­ci­sion to pros­e­cute or not, but direc­tors of pros­e­cu­tion did so.

Re­gard­ing the leaked emails, Mfaku said the Hawks had in­di­cated they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“They have not sent a docket for de­ci­sion. We can’t in­ves­ti­gate. It is Hawks or the po­lice that in­ves­ti­gate. In the ab­sence of a docket brought to us, we can’t pros­e­cute,” Mfaku added.

Maimane ear­lier this year called on Zuma to es­tab­lish a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the death of psy­chi­atric pa­tients in Gaut­eng, but this was re­jected by the pres­i­dent.

AC­CUSER: Mmusi Maimane

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