Abrahams: I’m prepared to review Gordhan’s fraud charges

Shaun Abrahams has told MPs he has the power under the Constitution and NPA Act to review a matter.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams says he's prepared to review fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan if he makes representations to him to have the decision to charge him reviewed.

Abrahams has told Members of Parliament (MPs) he has the power under the Constitution and National Prosecuting Authority Act to review a matter.

"I'm more than willing to review any matter if someone applies to me to review that matter. Now Minister Gordhan can submit representations to me and ask me to review the matter and I would certainly look into the matter"

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss added that the prosecution authority will "make a decision in due course" on the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA) ruling that President Jacob Zuma's lawyers should come to court to argue why he should be granted leave to appeal against a high court ruling that he should face corruption charges.

The SCA handed down the order today.

Abrahams says the NPA is still considering its next step.

"We heard today that the Supreme Court of Appeal, to whom the President of the Republic submitted a petition to hear his appeal, has invited the parties which are the Democratic Alliance and the President to argue the matter before them so they can consider the petition.

"Of course, we will consider our approach with respect to the matter and make a decision in due course on the way forward. We have not had the opportunity as the leadership to make a final decision around the matter, specifically around the latest developments.

"So what I'm sharing with the committee today is what I would've shared with the media and the public in the event such a question had been raised with the National Prosecuting Authority."

Abrahams is responding to questions from members of the justice committee in Parliament.

Meanwhile, the rand has firmed more than two percent in the last hour after Abrahams re-iterated the finance minister can ask for a review of the decision to charge him with fraud.