Nkandla scandal: DA to request NPA record of decision to not prosecute Public Works officials

A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) chose not to pursue criminal charges against three officials involved in the Nkandla scandal despite the fact that criminal action was recommended by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
The DA will therefore write to the NPA to ask for the record of decision not to criminally prosecute the three officials.
It appears that the NPA has let the three officials off the hook.
Aside from the fact that we believe that President Zuma holds ultimate responsibility for the exorbitant and unjustifiable upgrades to his Nkandla residence, which he personally benefitted from, the DA also believes that those officials who were involved must be held to account.
Interestingly, a similar reply revealed that during the period from 1 April 2012 to March 2017, six of the twelve officials facing disciplinary action as a result of the Nkandla project received performance bonuses collectively amounting to R222 743.35.
Corruption is the enemy of good governance that makes the elite wealthier at the expense of the poor and unemployed.
We will not rest until all those connected to corruption and any abuse of the public purse are held to the highest account.

Zuma lying, again?

Reports in today’s Mail & Guardian, referring to an explanatory affidavit submitted by the former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv. Mxolisi Nxasana, allege that Jacob Zuma lied under oath about the reasons behind the former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head vacating his post.
It should be of great concern to Parliament’s Justice Committee, which the NPA is accountable to, that the Head of State allegedly manipulated facts in order to bulldoze through a predetermined and unethical outcome – the axing of Adv. Nxasana.
I will therefore write to the Chairperson of the Justice Committee, Mathole Motshekga, requesting that he institute an investigation and hearings into this entire matter, and if needs be use the powers afforded to Parliamentary Committees to subpoena documents and people, including the President, so that this matter can be thoroughly probed.
Furthermore, I will write to the current NDPP, Adv. Shaun Abrahams, to request that the NPA investigate the serious claims made by the former NDPP. If they are found to be true, this would amount to perjury, which carries the sanction of jail time, a fine or both.
Lying under oath is a serious offense. But, frankly, the allegation is no surprise. Jacob Zuma has done everything, even destroying the institution of the National Prosecuting Authority, to avoid answering for his 783 charges – a case the DA is still fighting to ensure Zuma is brought to justice.
Jacob Zuma has lied before the National Assembly and has now allegedly lied under oath, adding further impetus and foundation to the calls for Zuma to be removed or resign because he is patently unfit to serve in the Office of the President.
It should not sit well with any South African that the country’s independent prosecuting agency is being used as a political tool. The DA will always fight for the independence of the criminal justice system and equality before the law.

Zuma determined to keep NPA ‘captured’ & delay facing 783 charges of corruption

President Jacob Zuma’s decision not to suspend the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shaun Abrahams, is simply explained by his determination to keep the NPA ‘captured’ and to delay him having to answer for the 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, that stand against him.
The fact is that Adv Abrahams is comprised. His decision to prosecute Pravin Gordhan, despite having ignored vital evidence in this decision, as well as his meeting at Luthuli House, the day before Mr Gordhan was charged, proves this.
It sadly comes as no surprise that Jacob Zuma has yet again undermined what should be an ‘independent’ institution of state in his bid to avoid accountability and remain in power.
The DA will continue to pursue our case against Mr Zuma in the courts, and we look forward to the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in this regard.
Today, we remind Jacob Zuma that we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the principle of equality before the law is respected. His day in court is coming.