The City Press has reported that a draft letter compiled by the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, shows an intention to drop criminal charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
According to the report, “informal discussions are underway between Abrahams, his close allies in the NPA, as well as lawyers of Gordhan and his two co-accused to drop the charges against them”.
“In the letter, Abrahams allegedly writes that he has considered the representations made by Magashula and Pillay, and has decided to decline to prosecute them and Gordhan.”
The legal battle against Gordhan has made headlines, with people suggesting that the charges against the finance minister are politically motivated.
Last week, 81 CEOs pledged their support for the finance minister, saying “we stand as one for the rule of law and against the decision to prosecute the Minister of Finance”.
According to the CEOs, the charges against Gordhan are without factual or legal foundation.
The initiative was formed after former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was fired in December 2015, and has worked with labour and the government to find unity with business going forward.
“We stand against the damage this has caused to our economy and to the people of South Africa, especially the poor.”
Hawks target Sars
On Thursday, video footage and sound clips emerged showing officers from the Hawks arguing with a Sars official from whom they were trying to confiscate sensitive documents related to the Gordhan case.
Vlok Symington, deputy director of Sars’s legal and policy division, has laid a complaint of kidnapping at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate against the four Hawks officers.
Numerous events have been planned in Gauteng, Cape Town, and KwaZulu-Natal to support Gordhan during his court appearance on Wednesday.
“What we are trying to do is tell the rank and file community members that our country is in disarray and we need their support to change things. We all have to get involved,” said community activist Devan Pillay.