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'My silence does not mean no work is being done'

NPA head Abrahams is appearing before Parliament’s justice committee, where he and his team are presenting feedback on their performance between April and June this year.

FILE: NPA head Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams says his silence does not mean that no work is being done by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Abrahams is appearing before Parliament’s justice committee, where he and his team are presenting feedback on their performance between April and June this year.

Abrahams told the committee he’d noted questions about his whereabouts.

“There have been media reports with some asking where Shaun Abrahams is or where is the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Firstly, my silence does not mean no work is being done. Secondly, in terms of the NPA Act and the Constitution, I’m obligated to report to this committee, to Parliament.”

Abrahams says that the leaked Gupta emails form part of an eight-leg investigation by the Hawks into the Public Protector's State of Capture report, with which the NPA is assisting.

STATE CAPTURE ALLEGATIONS

Abrahams says he has specialist teams working with the Hawks on state capture allegations.

Abrahams denied ever having met with Grace Mugabe’s lawyers, telling the committee he had nothing to do with the diplomatic immunity controversially granted to Zimbabwe’s first lady.

Abrahams says that allegations made by former minister Vytjie Mentoor and former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas make up the first two legs of the investigation, with The New Age, Eskom’s actions over the Gupta’s Tegeta Coal Mine and Denel’s now aborted deal with VR Laser also being probed.

Transnet payments to Trillian are also under scrutiny, while the Gupta’s Free State dairy farm that received more than R180 million in state funds forms the eighth leg of the investigation.

“The furore around the leaked emails is part of these investigations.”

Abrahams says teams of experienced prosecutors and asset-forfeiture specialists are helping the Hawks

“Numerous engagements have taken place between the NPA prosecutors and the Hawks investigators. Investigations are ongoing.”

Abrahams says that investigations started after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane referred Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report to the NPA and the Hawks.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)