Abrahams: Gordhan decision demonstration of NPA’s fairness

The NPA's Shaun Abrahams says when considering cases, irrespective of who the accused is, they must all be treated the same.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams addresses the media on charges being dropped against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two former SARS employees Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula at the NPA's head office in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams says the way the case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was handled demonstrates to the public that everyone will be treated fairly by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Abrahams announced his decision yesterday to withdraw criminal charges against Gordhan, as well as former South African Revenue Service officials Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.

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The advocate has been intensely criticised for his handling of the matter, with calls for him to be removed as head of the NPA and to be struck from the roll of advocates.

The NPA head said that when considering cases, irrespective of who the accused is, they must all be treated the same.

“Each citizen must be treated fairly, and equally so. This particular matter was treated like we would treat any other person. Why must I give due consideration to the political climate?”

He was satisfied with the way the case against the Finance Minister was handled.

“I applied my mind to the law, and to the facts, and I have ultimately made a decision. That should instil confidence in the public that everyone will be treated fairly.”

Abrahams said he won’t resign, nor would he apologise to anyone for this matter.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)