SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT WELCOMES PRESIDENT’S DECISION TO WITHDRAW APPEAL ON NPA

CAPE TOWN– The Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to withdraw the appeal at the Constitutional Court against a lower court ruling directing the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, to vacate his position.

On Friday evening, President Ramaphosa indicated to the Constitutional Court that he will withdraw the appeal filed in the matter of Corruption Watch and Others v The President of the Republic of South Africa, which concerns the appointment of Abrahams as National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

Former president Jacob Zuma had appealed the ruling of the High Court in Pretoria last year that Abrahams should leave the top post at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The court ruled that President Zuma was conflicted in the matter of appointing Abrahams as NPA head because he faced possible prosecution on corruption charges. Abrahams is still appealing the matter which goes to court on Wednesday.

Committee Chairperson Mathole Motshekga said President Ramaphosa’s speedy response to matters since he came into office on Feb 15 will assist to make the oversight work of the committee easier. It is clear that we do not have absentee landlord, but (one) who has taken a keen interest in making sure his house is in order.

At its hearing on Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will also be considering whether or not to confirm the High Court’s decision that some sections of the National Prosecuting Authority Act — those dealing with suspension of the NDPP — are unconstitutional.

President Ramaphosa has indicated that he will no longer pursue the appeal filed by Zuma in this matter and will therefore not be present in court to argue the matter on Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK