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Former national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams says he is “ready and willing” to testify at the Zondo commission of inquiry to dispute public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan’s evidence that his fraud prosecution was malicious and politically motivated.

The Zondo inquiry into state capture has confirmed that Abrahams has been served with a formal notice that he is implicated by Gordhan’s testimony, and invited him to respond to allegations that he was involved in a prosecution that was baseless and driven solely by a desire to remove Gordhan from his then position as finance minister. Abrahams told Business Day he disputes the allegations “in the strongest sense”. The subject matter of that aborted prosecution attempt, which was related to an early retirement payout given in 2010 to then SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Ivan Pillay, is under investigation by public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who subpoenaed Gordhan to answer questions about the payo...

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