- The National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi has opted to drop charges against the SARS 'rogue unit'
- The NPA boss claims that there wasn't enough evidence to move forward with the case
- However, the Economic Freedom Fighters are unimpressed over this development
Shamila Batohi has dropped charges against Ivan Pillay, Andries Janse van Rensburg and Johan van Loggerenberg.
The trio was facing charges over the establishment of an illegal team known as the SARS 'rogue unit', created to monitor South African taxpayers.
A statement issued on the matter saw NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke commenting that:
“After a careful assessment of the evidence and other relevant material, the unanimous conclusion of the panel in respect of all counts, is that there are no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution. The panel recommends that all charges against the accused be withdrawn.”
But Economic Freedom Fighter deputy president Floyd Shivambu is not happy with this development. Shivambu claims this decision was made long before Batohi was appointed:
"The announcement to drop charges against the rogue unit was made long before NDPP Batohi assumed Office because that’s what Pravin Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa wanted. All these will be short-lived because it’s nonsense."
The party has long stood in opposition to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Floyd is adamant this was all part of another one of his plots:
"We said when she was appointed that she’s a puppet of Pravin Gordhan and the Cabal. South Africa’s criminal justice system is infiltrated by the Rogue unit and there will be consequences for all of them."
While Shivambu voices his dismay, leader Julius Malema has since called a press briefing for Sunday, where this issue will surely take centre stage.
Briefly.co.za reported that Malema had vowed to disrupt the State of the Nation Address set to take place next week unless President Cyril Ramaphosa booted Gordhan.
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