Mathews Phosa wants Bar to probe NPA head after charging Pravin Gordhan

Shaun Abrahams charged Pravin Gordhan with fraud earlier this month.

Mathews Phosa. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Mathews Phosa says he'll be writing to the General Council of the Bar today to ask for an investigation into National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams after he charged the finance minister with fraud.

Pravin Gordhan was charged earlier this month for approving the early retirement of Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay almost six years ago in a move that's been highly criticised by some quarters.

Over the weekend, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa offered his political support to Gordhan while the Finance Minister filed a court application about the Gupta family's suspicious transactions amounting to R6.8 billion.

Phosa, a long-time member of the ANC, has also written to the president asking that Abrahams be investigated.

He says the NPA cannot be a lapdog of the presidency and the head should be appointed by Parliament and not the president to remain independent.

"I'm going to write a letter this afternoon to the General Council of the Bar to investigate. I agree with comrade Cyril [Ramaphosa], he did a good thing - it's a little late but it's appreciated. Pravin Gordhan must be left to do the business of the people including to root out corruption without fear or favour."

The new Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is due to receive Thuli Madonsela's report into state capture that is believed to focus on the relationship between the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma.

At the same time, it's now emerged that Oakbay Resources is investigating five of 72 transactions reported to authorities as suspicious.

The company is controlled by businessmen close to President Zuma.