Minister Pravin Gordhan has taken legal advice on the curruption charge that have been preferred against him and decided not to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
The main reason for his decision is that he does not have any confidence in the NDPP’s ability or willingness to afford him a fair hearing.
“First, we repeatedly asked the NPA to afford the Minister an opportunity to make representations to them before they decided whether to prosecute the Minister but they spurned our requests,” said Gildenhuys Malatji, Minister Gordhan’s representative.
“Second, the NDPP’s conduct at his press conference announcing the decision to charge the Minister made clear his commitment to the prosecution. Third, having now had an opportunity to study the charges against the Minister, it is also clear to us that they manifest a resolute and not well founded determination to prosecute the Minister at all costs.”
Any representations to the NDPP would accordingly be pointless.
Minister Pravin Gordhan continues to take legal counsel in regard to ways and means to bring the matter to an expedited finality. We are assisted in this regard by a team of eminent counsel consisting of Adv. Wim Trengove SC, Adv. Hamilton Maenetje SC and Adv. Ziyaad Navsa.