'The NPA is not party to any conspiracy against any individual'

He says if evidence implicates any person in a crime, a warning statement will be obtained from them.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams has instructed his team to appeal the Pretoria High Court's Zuma spy tapes ruling. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - While National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is not a suspect in an investigation, he has added that the NPA is not part of a conspiracy against any person.

Abrahams was addressing the media in Pretoria where he also announced that the NPA was going to appeal the high court ruling which set aside the 2009 decision to drop charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Reports emerged more than a week ago that Gordhan faced imminent arrest for his involvement in setting up an investigation unit in the South African Revenue Services (Sars).

Abrahams has hit out at some politicians and commentators who have suggested that the NPA is party to a campaign to oust Gordhan.

"The NPA is not involved in subjecting anyone to the manipulation of the law, nor is it a party to any ulterior motives."

He says if the evidence implicates any person in a crime, a warning statement will be obtained from them.

"At that stage the person will, in no uncertain terms, be informed that he or she is a suspect."

Abrahams further dismissed suggestions that the Hawks investigation is unlawful or unconstitutional.

Over the last few weeks, the minister has appeared to be in conflict with Zuma over policy at South African Airways (SAA) amid claims the Gupta family have been influencing governments' decisions.

In a two-page statement Gordhan said his lawyers were now going to approach the Hawks and the NPA, to get clarity on what the current situation is.

He also said that while he answered questions about this Sars unit that were posed by the Hawks, he has not heard back from them.

Gordhan said claims that this Sars unit engaged in espionage activities, are false, and are manufactured for other motives.

The minister appears to be putting the pressure back on the Hawks, who may now have to explain what charges they could actually be investigating.

Gordhan has said it's painful to watch an attack on honest people and the institutions that are supposed to support the country's democracy.

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