Speaking to a full auditorium on Monday at the NPA’s Pretoria headquarters, Abrahams said the recent judgment from the North Gauteng High Court, which overturned former NPA boss Moketedi Mpshe’s decision to drop charges of fraud, racketeering and corruption, must be tested on appeal as it has far-reaching implications for the prosecuting authority. He claimed it leaves prosecutors “denuded” and raises implications for the separation of powers.
Abrahams said the application for leave to appeal is based on six points of law. “This is an important matter of principle which affects all prosecutions. I believe it needs a decision from an appeal court,” said the NPA boss. The NPA will argue that its national director is best placed to decide whether abuses in the prosecuting process should lead to a discontinuation of a case.
Credit: All Africa