Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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29 Nov 2016
6:41 am

Abrahams’ axing could benefit JZ, says political analyst

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Abrahams made the deadline to give Zuma reasons why he should not be suspended after he dropped fraud charges against Gordhan.

National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams during a press briefing, 31 October 2016, NPA head Office, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The DA has urged President Jacob Zuma to make public the submissions made by National Director of Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams on why he should not be suspended, but an analyst has told The Citizen that calls for Abrahams to be axed would benefit Zuma.

Abrahams made the deadline to give Zuma reasons why he should not be suspended after he announced fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in September and subsequently dropped them last month.

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“The public deserves to know the facts … It is therefore of national importance that the President handles the rest of the process with complete transparency, in doing so placing himself above suspicion”, said the DA in a statement.

But political analyst Ralph Mathekga said: “It shows the strength of the law of unintended consequences.

“Abrahams was clearly brought by Zuma to deal with his political battles, which he did in the case of Gordhan, but he then became aware the Bar Council would discipline him if he was seen to be acting on Zuma’s orders,” he said.