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NPA to appeal court order dismissing Shaun Abrahams

The court further said Abrahams should leave office and that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoint a replacement in no more than two months.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will appeal a high court order that its head Shaun Abrahams leave office and be replaced within 60 days.

Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo made the order while ruling on an application brought against a R17 million golden handshake that was paid to former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana by President Jacob Zuma.

Mlambo ordered that Nxasana pay back the money and that he not be reinstated.

The court further said Abrahams should leave office and that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoint a replacement in no more than two months.

Zuma will also appeal the ruling.

The high court has found that the president is clearly conflicted when it comes to the appointment of a prosecutions boss and that he would make an appointment in order to escape fraud and corruption charges.

The court says there is no longer any obstacle in the way of criminal proceedings being brought against Zuma.

But the court referred to the president’s own words in the Supreme Court, where he said he had every intention of using processes available to him to avoid prosecution.

The full bench says this would then place the national director of public prosecutions in a difficult position, so he could never be in the position to appoint the incumbent.

The court also found Zuma has time and again abused court processes by defending the indefensible in order to gain advantage by delaying proceedings.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)