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NPA surprised by court challenge in Gordhan case

FUL and the Helen Suzman Foundation have gone to court to challenge the fraud charge against Minister Gordhan.

FILE: Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it is surprised that Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have gone to court to challenge the fraud charge against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

It says the institution had already told the two organisations that NPA head advocate Shaun Abraham s has asked investigators to clarify some details, before making a final decision on whether the prosecution will go ahead.

The two groups have strongly criticised the NPA in their papers suggesting an ulterior motive could be behind its decision.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says that Abrahams received the submissions from former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula and his former deputy Ivan Pillay last week.

"He decided then to order that some outstanding issues be addressed related to the investigation, before he can make a decision on the matter."

Mfaku says this means that those submissions may result in the case not going ahead.

If this happens it could mean the challenge from the two groups is premature.

Meanwhile, chief executive of Goldman Sachs Colin Coleman says it's important to support the Finance Minister at this time.

"You know we have ratings agencies reviewing South Africa's sovereign credit rating in the next couple of months. We have been working extremely hard on our economic growth which has been low. We hope we are starting to improve our democratic institutions which we're trying to defend."

Eighty-one CEOs, including Coleman, have backed Gordhan ahead of his medium-term budget speech this week, saying they're against politically motivated prosecutions.

The 81 CEOs who signed the pledge were:

  1. Altron: No name provided

  1. Anglo American: Mark Cutifani

  1. AngloGold Ashanti Limited: Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

  1. Asisa: Leon Campher

  1. Aspasa & Sarma: Nico Pienaar

  1. Aveng: Kobus Verster

  1. Bain & Company: Vittorio Massone

  1. Barclays Africa: Maria Ramos

  1. Bid Corporation: Brian Joffe

  1. Blue Label Telecoms: Mark Levy

  1. Business Unity South Africa: Khanyisile Kweyama

  1. Business Leadership South Africa: Thero Setiloane (on behalf of member companies)

  1. Black Business Council: Mohale Ralebitso

  1. Bowman Gilfillan: Robert Legh (chairperson)

  1. Capitec Bank: Gerrie Fourie

  1. CEO Initiative: Jabu Mabuza (convenor)

  1. Chamber of Mines: Roger Baxter

  1. Credit Suisse South Africa: Rick Menell (chairperson)

  1. Dimension Data Middle East & Africa: Grant Bodley

  1. Discovery Limited: Adrian Gore

  1. Distell Limited: Richard Rushton

  1. ENSafrica: Michael Katz (chairperson)

  1. Exxaro Resources Limited: Mxolisi Mgojo

  1. FirstRand Bank: Johan Burger

  1. Goldman Sachs: Colin Coleman

  1. Growthpoint Properties Ltd: Norbert Sasse

  1. Hollard Group: Nic Kohler

  1. Imperial Holdings: Mark Lamberti

  1. Independent: Michael Spicer

  1. Investec Bank Limited & Investec: Stephen Koseff

  1. Johannesburg Stock Exchange: Nicky Newton-King

  1. Kagiso Tiso Holdings: Vuyisa Nkonyeni

  1. KPMG Southern Africa: Trevor Hoole

  1. Liberty Holdings Group: Thabo Dloti

  1. Life Healthcare: André Meyer

  1. Lion Pride Investment Holdings Ltd: Geoff Rothschild

  1. Mediclinic SA: Danie Meintjes

  1. Menston Holdings (Pty) Ltd: Stanley Subramoney

  1. MMI Holdings: Nicolaas Kruger

  1. Mondi Group: David Hathorn

  1. Mr Price Group Ltd: Stuart Bird

  1. MTN SA: Phuthuma Nhleko (chairperson) and Mteto Nyati (CEO)

  1. Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited: Henry Laas

  1. Nampak Ltd: André de Ruyter

  1. Nando's: Geoff Whyte

  1. Naspers: Bob van Dijk

  1. Nedbank Group: Vassi Naidoo (chairperson)

  1. Nedbank Group: Mike Brown

  1. Netcare: Richard Friedland

  1. Northam Platinum: Paul Dunne

  1. Old Mutual: Bruce Hemphill: Dave Macready and Ralph Mupita

  1. PG Group: Charles Bromley

  1. Pick n Pay Stores: Gareth Ackerman (chairperson)

  1. Pioneer Foods Group Ltd: Phil Roux

  1. Primedia: Roger Jardine

  1. RCL Foods: Miles Dally

  1. Remgro Finance Corporation: Jannie Durand

  1. Reunert: Alan Dickson

  1. Richards Bay Minerals: Mpho Mothoa

  1. RMB Holdings and RMI Holdings: Herman Bosman

  1. Rothschild: Martin Kingston

  1. Safika Holdings: Moss Ngoasheng

  1. Sanlam: Ian Kirk

  1. Sappi Limited: Steve Binnie

  1. Sasol Limited: Bongani Nqwababa & Stephen Cornell

  1. SEIFSA: Kaizer Nyatsumba

  1. Shell Downstream South Africa: Bonang Mohale

  1. Sibanye Gold: Neal Froneman

  1. South32 Limited: Michael Fraser

  1. Spar: Graham O'Connor

  1. Standard Bank Group Ltd: Ben Kruger & Sim Tshabalala

  1. Sun International: Graeme Stephens

  1. T-Systems South Africa: Gert Schoonbee

  1. Telkom SA Limited: Sipho Maseko

  1. TFG: Doug Murray

  1. The Banking Association South Africa: Cas Coovadia

  1. Tower Property Fund Ltd: Marc Edwards

  1. Twinsaver Group: Garth Towell

  1. Webber Wentzel: Christo Els (Senior partner)

  1. Woolworths Group SA: Simon Susman

  1. Woolworths Holdings (Australia): Ian Moir

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