The pressure is mounting on National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams as calls for him to step down escalated on Thursday. Abrahams is under fire after announcing that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would face two charges of fraud over authorising early retirement for former South African Revenue Services (SARS) official Ivan Pillay. Legal experts have argued that the charges are frivolous and weekend reports indicating that Abrahams met President Jacob Zuma a day before Gordhan was summoned have heightened suspicions over the move. The Presidency and Abrahams have said the meeting was over student protests. On Thursday, ANC ally, the South African Communist Party (SACP) took a hard line, saying that Parliament should institute an inquiry into Abrahams’s fitness to hold office. This comes as Gordhan is set to appear in court next Wednesday. The SACP also intimated that the president’s sole discretion to appoint the public prosecutions director afforded him too much po...

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