Gordhan won’t ask Abrahams to reconsider fraud charges

Pravin Gordhan doesn’t have any confidence in willingness of Shaun Abrahams to afford him a fair hearing.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's lawyers have released a statement saying he will not make a submission to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Advocate Shaun Abrahams, asking him to reconsider his decision to charge him with fraud.

Earlier this week, Abrahams told Parliament he would consider such a request if one was made following his decision on Tuesday to issue a summons for Gordhan.

Gordhan is charged with fraud for his management of former deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay's pension.

Gordhan's lawyer Tebogo Malatji says they're aware that Abrahams told Parliament's justice portfolio committee that Gordhan was welcome to make representations to him about the charges against him.

But they say Gordhan has taken legal advice and decided not to make representations to Abrahams.

They say that's because he does not have any confidence in the ability or willingness of Abrahams to afford him a fair hearing.

Malatji says they also previously asked to make such submissions before Gordhan was charged but those requests were ignored.

To read the full statement, click here.