Shaun Abrahams: I have no intention of resigning
The embattled NPA head says he’s not fazed by the pressure he’s under.
CAPE TOWN - Shaun Abrahams says he has no intention of stepping down as National Director of Public Prosecutions.
He was speaking after a grilling at Parliament over the way the Estina dairy farm case, one of the legs of the state capture investigation, was handled.
Alongside him was acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata, who last week said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) delayed the arrests of suspects in the case, some of whom have left the country.
Embattled NPA head Abrahams says he’s not fazed by the pressure he’s under.
“I’ve never laid awake at night for a single night while I’ve been in this position - I’ve no intention of resigning.”
Both he and Matakata insist their relationship is good: “There was a narrative and an agenda in the media about a stand-off between us and I’m not sure where those came from because we have a healthy working relationship.”
MPs have accused Abrahams of throwing Matakata under the bus; suggesting she misled Parliament by denying she raised with him her concerns about delays in getting the go-ahead for arrests, and by saying the docket the Hawks provided in November still needed work.
DAIRY FARM PROBE
Abrahams says the investigation into the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm is not yet complete and that there could be further arrests.
“There’s a lot of talk about bad information that’s outstanding, hadn’t been verified… well, why not? It’s an important issue. We have suspects who are decidedly at flight risk. Why was nothing done to prevent these people from leaving the country? They’re all gone and it’s going to take a lot of time, money and efforts to get them back.”
A former prosecutor, now Democratic Alliance MP, Glynnis Breytenbach wasn’t the only one with questions.
MPs across parties raised questions about the way the investigation was run and the fact the big fish seem to have escaped the net.
The dairy farm suspects are due in court again in August.
Abrahams says there may be more arrests.
“The matter is the subject of investigations and if they lead to others being charged, they will be.”
Abrahams says nobody against whom there is a prima facie case will be “let off the hook”.
WATCH: NPA's Shaun Abrahams briefs Parliament on state capture probes
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)