NPA head to consider all submissions before acting in Gordhan case

The Finance Minister has until 5pm today to make representations to Shaun Abrahams.

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

JOHANNESBURG - National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams says he will consider all representations before deciding whether to review the fraud case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as former Sars commissioners Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.

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Yesterday, lawyers for Magashula and Pillay made submissions to Abrahams, asking him to review the charges.

Abrahams announced last week that they were being charged with fraud in connection with Pillay's early retirement payout.

Gordhan has until 5pm today to make representations to Abrahams. However, he is unlikely to do so after issuing a statement last week saying that he didn't believe he would receive a fair hearing.

The NPA head has also extended a similar invitation to Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza and current Sars commissioner Tom Moyane to make representations.

Abrahams says he will consider all submissions before making a decision on whether to proceed with the charges.

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HEARINGS

The advocate representing former Sars deputy commissioner Pillay has told Eyewitness News they received a fair and dignified hearing yesterday from Abrahams.

Cassim says he's only representing Pillay for this stage of the process. He also says there was healthy engagement and the questions put to him were very pertinent and relevant.

There is no indication yet of when a decision on this will be made.

Meanwhile, Abrahams has been strongly criticised by legal experts and two former Constitutional Court judges for his decision to lay this fraud charge.