New NPA boss: I wasn't appointed to protect anyone

The newly appointed NDPP says he will not allow anyone in the organisation to damage its integrity.

The new National Director of Public Prosecutions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Shaun Abrahams at the NPA's head office in Pretoria on 7 July 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Newly appointed National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Shaun Abrahams on Tuesday said he will not allow anyone in the organisation to damage its integrity or to form camps that compete with each other.

Abrahams took questions in public for the first time on Tuesday during a ceremony to introduce him to NPA staff.

He also said he's not been appointed to protect anyone and will not protect anyone while in office.

Abrahams laid down the law to his staff, telling them they must be guided by the Constitution.

"There will be no room for anti-NPA sentiments. There is certainly no room for abuse of prosecutorial powers and discretion."

And he condemned what he said are leaks of information to the media.

"It can only be NPA officials, in most instances very senior NPA officials."

Abrahams appeared to be stamping his authority and said he will be completely independent.

His first important decision could be whether to continue with the prosecution of one of his deputies, advocate Nomgcobo Jiba.

WATCH: In his first address as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams denied claims of factions within the NPA and says he wants to leave a legacy of stability after his tenure.

OMAR AL-BASHIR

The NPA head said a decision about whether anyone in government will be prosecuted over the departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be made by the North Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions.

Last month, the High Court in Pretoria recommended that the NDPP investigate whether government broke the law by allowing al-Bashir to leave the country from the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

That same court had already ruled that he not be allowed to leave as he could have been detained and sent to the International Criminal Court.

Abrahams said the decision is not up to him at this stage.

"Of course my position would be, depending on the decision the Director of Public Prosecutions makes, I may be required to review that decision."