South Africa: House of Cards - Shaun Abrahams Directed By Concourt Not to Make Decisions Regarding Zuma


In many ways a Constitutional Court directive issued on Friday that incumbent-not-incumbent head of the NPA, Shaun Abrahams, not take any decisions with regard to the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma, is a dream come true for Abrahams who has, during his tenure as National Director of Public Prosecutions, been generally MIA - missing in action. Of course the sting in the tail is that he can no longer protect the President. By MARIANNE THAMM.

On Thursday the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) requested the Constitutional Court urgently to hear confirmation proceedings on the appointment of a New National Director of Public Prosecutions after a High Court declaration that the termination of the contract of Abrahams' predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, is invalid.

CASAC filed the notice on Thursday last week opposing President Zuma's application to a full bench of the high court to appeal an SCA judgment that the termination of Nxasana's contract had been invalid.

The SCA also set aside the appointment of Abrahams. In that instance the court also ordered that the country's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new NDPP within 60 days.

In an affidavit to the ConCourt last week CASAC...

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