Valeska Abreu
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23 May 2016
10:57 am

NPA to challenge Spy Tapes ruling

Valeska Abreu

The NPA will appeal the High Court ruling setting aside the non-prosecution of President Jacob Zuma on corruption and fraud charges.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams Picture: Gallo Images

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams says the organisation will head to the Supreme Court of Appeal to challenge a ruling by a full bench of the Pretoria High Court that corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma be reinstated.

Last month a full panel of judges set aside a decision by former NPA acting head who decided not to proceed with corruption charges relating to the so-called Spy Tapes saga against the president.

Abrahams held a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday morning where he announced this decision as well as providing clarity on allegations of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s imminent arrest.

Abrahams said he consulted senior and junior legal expertise on the matter before reaching the conclusion.

“I believe this matter needs the decision of the Appeal court. It has far reaching consequences.”

Earlier Abrahams went to great lengths stressing how he acted without fear or favour in doing his job and that no political entity had any hold over him.

Abrahams also set the record straight on the Sars rogue unit and what he called malicious allegations on the arrest of Gordhan.

“There are no charges of espionage being investigated against Minister Gordhan.”

He said the reports negatively affected the economy.

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