Is Zuma getting ready to dump Abrahams or is he covering himself to make the petitions go away? Bruce’s List: A guide to informed reads.National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams is in danger of being upgraded. It’s the season for ratings. In our terms, Abrahams is currently rated “Captured Idiot”. One step up, depending obviously on thorough review, could result in him being rated merely “Idiot with a positive outlook”. It does not get him out of the woods but it may allow him coffee in a shopping mall without being laughed at.It’s a complicated process. Abrahams was downgraded in the first place for agreeing to charge finance minister Pravin Gordhan with fraud on a clearly spurious pretext — that Gordhan had approved the early retirement of a senior Sars official, Ivan Pillay. That meant Pillay was fully paid out on his pension but that Sars then had to pay in a penalty to the government pension plan. A few days later, when it became clear that thousands of civil servants ...

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