President Ramaphosa Withdraws NPA Appeal
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn an appeal against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that NPA boss Shaun Abrahams should vacate his position. This may be an indication that the President intends to replace Abrahams, and bring in a new NPA head.
Former President Jacob Zuma previously appealed the ruling by a full Bench of judges of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, that found he was conflicted to appoint the National Director of Public Prosecutions. The case is scheduled to be heard in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. Abrahams is still appealing the matter.
In a letter delivered to the registrar of the Constitutional Court on Friday afternoon, the state attorney informed the court of Ramaphosa’s decision to withdraw the appeal. On the same day, it emerged in court papers that the NPA was arguing that Abrahams was validly appointed.
Meanwhile, South Africans are eagerly awaiting President Ramaphosa’s announcement relating to a cabinet reshuffle, as well as to whom he will be appointing as Deputy President. The ANC’s top six are meeting today.
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