D-Day For NPA Boss Shaun Abrahams

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JOHANNESBURG: The beleaguered National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams will know on Monday whether he can keep his job.

The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment regarding his fitness to hold office. In December last year, the North Gauteng High Court set aside his appointment. Abrahams was given 60 days to leave his office.

The court also found that a multi-million rand golden handshake given to Abrahams’ predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, to leave office was unconstitutional. But both the prosecuting authority and Abrahams turned to the highest court in the land to appeal.

Abrahams argues it would be unfair to remove him when he’s not been declared unfit to hold office.

He also challenged the ruling that he sided with former President Jacob Zuma in both the Nxasana and Spy Tapes cases. He’s been accused of driving the NPA into the ground and of not holding the former president accountable for corruption.

Under pressure following a high court ruling, Abrahams in March reinstated charges against Zuma.