NPA drops fraud charges against Pravin Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula

OCTOBER 31, 2016

Bowing to pressure or perhaps the charges had no merit in the first place? The National Director of Public Prosecutions at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Shaun Abrahams, on Monday announced that the NPA had decided to drop the controversial fraud charges against Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and two former SA Revenue Service (SARS) officers, Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula.

Abrahams said that he is satisfied Gordhan and his co-accused had no intention to act unlawfully, adding that he has directed that the summons against Gordhan be withdrawn with “immediate effect“.

Allegations were that Gordhan rubber stamped the early retirement offormer deputy SA Revenue Services Deputy Commissioner Pillay and then re-appointed him on a contract basis in 2010 at Treasury.

Gordhan was due to appear in court on Wednesday on two charges of fraud, which had not set in well with business, investors and opposition parties - many fingering President Jacob Zuma to be behind the prosecution of Gordhan in order to replace him with a more loyal cadre.

Many within the African National Congress (ANC)-led Tripartite Alliance also spoke out against the prosecution and voiced their support for Gordhan.

Shaun Abrahams' letter to Gordhan's lawyers confirming charges are withdrawn. Tweeted by @MandyWiener