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DA: Mmusi Maimane says Shaun Abrahams must hand over Zuma’s new representations by 16h00 today


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DA: Mmusi Maimane says Shaun Abrahams must hand over Zuma’s new representations by 16h00 today

NPA head Shaun Abrahams
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NPA head Shaun Abrahams

1st December 2017


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The DA’s lawyers have today written to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shaun Abrahams, compelling him to provide written confirmation that he did in fact receive fresh representations from President Jacob Zuma in relation to the 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering before yesterday’s deadline.

This must be done by no later than 16h00 today.


It goes without saying that if Adv Abrahams did receive fresh representations, these must be shared with all interested parties – including the DA - by 16h00 today in order for those interested parties to be given an opportunity to comment on such representations.

Alternatively, if no fresh representations have been made by the President, Adv Abrahams must advise on what steps have been taken to call President Zuma to his first court appearance. President Zuma remains charged, and those charges must be faced in a court of law as soon as possible.


Our view is that if the President has raised any new representations of substance, a court of law must make a determination as to whether those justify stopping the prosecution or not. This will guarantee a fair and open consideration of any new representations, and will shield the matter from any undue political interference.

We cannot allow Shaun Abrahams to consider these representations in secret, as he cannot be trusted to oversee this matter in an independent and robust manner. For almost an entire year Abrahams has been in hiding, and has failed to take any action on a number of issues, most notably the “Gupta Leaks” and the rot of State Capture perpetrated by Jacob Zuma and his ANC. As such, this matter must be dealt with by a court of law to guarantee independence.

President Jacob Zuma can only hide for so long. Make no mistake, he will have his day in court, and he will face the criminal charges levelled against him. The DA has been the principal litigant in this matter for almost a decade, and we have not wavered in our relentless pursuit of justice on behalf of South Africa and its people.

Jacob Zuma will have his day in court, he will face the charges for the crimes he is accused of, and justice will prevail.


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