President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to conduct the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with the "necessary dignity and respect". At the same time, the president wanted to reaffirm his confidence in Gordhan.NPA head Shaun Abrahams earlier on Tuesday announced that Gordhan and former South African Revenue Service officials Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula were facing fraud charges and had been summoned to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on November 2. The charges relate to Pillay’s R1.1m retirement top-up, which was alleged to be fraudulent.Zuma said the country’s society was anchored in the rule of law, and fair and just judicial processes. "In this regard, Minister Gordhan is innocent until and unless proven otherwise by a court of law. This is a fundamental pillar of our constitutional democracy and the rule of law," he said.The decision to prosecute Gordhan came a day after he returned from a trip to New York and Washin...

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