National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, DA leader Mmusi Maimane told Parliament on Tuesday.
Maimane was opening a debate meant to focus on the effect of the NPA’s decisions on the economy, when he instead focused on the politics.
This was in relation to the NPA’s decision to charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with fraud, and then later withdrawing the charges against him.
The DA leader reflected on the past decade at the NPA, which has had six national heads in total.
The NPA had been used, Maimane said, by President Jacob Zuma to shield himself from the law.
“The position of National Director of Public Prosecutions is meant to be a 10-year term, but over the past decade it has been reduced to a revolving door of deployed cadres.”
Abrahams ‘must fall’
Maimane said all NPA heads had vacated because of one person, and that was Zuma.
“This was either because they weren’t prepared to do his bidding, or because it was so blatantly obvious they were being controlled that the courts had to pull the plug on them. Instead of fighting crime and corruption, this vital institution of our democracy has now become a key ally of the criminal syndicate dominant in the ANC,” he said.
They should not be fooled by Abrahams, Maimane said.
“He goes by ‘Shaun the Sheep’, but don’t let this fool you. This man is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
He called for the way in which the NPA head was hired and fired to be changed, as it currently left too much power in the hands of the president.
A threat to the NPA’s independence
The EFF’s Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi, meanwhile, called Abrahams a threat to the independence of the NPA.