'Abrahams ordered to pause decision on Zuma corruption charges'

Casac says the Constitutional Court has advised Shaun Abrahams not to take a decision on whether to prosecute the president.

FILE: NPA head Shaun Abrahams in the Old Assembly Building in Cape Town during a briefing. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says the highest court in the land has now directed Shaun Abrahams not to take a decision on whether to proceed with the possible prosecution of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

It follows last week's ruling in the High Court which declared the termination of former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) invalid.

The ruling set aside the appointment of Mxolisi Nxasana along with Abrahams who succeeded him.

Following the Pretoria High Court's decision setting aside the appointment of Abrahams as the head of prosecutions, Casac's Lawson Naidoo says the Constitutional Court has advised Abrahams not to take a decision on whether to prosecute the president.

Naidoo says as part of the Constitutional Court's directions, anyone opposing the High Court's ruling should submit affidavits to that effect by 19 January.

The High Court also ordered that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appoint a new NDPP within 60 days.