South Africa: Finance Minister fraud charges dropped and social media reacts

October 31, 2016 • Finance, Southern Africa, Top Stories

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South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Image Source:

According to ENCA, Pravin Gordhan’s lawyers have confirmed that fraud charges brought against the South African Minister of Finance have been withdrawn by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The NPA held a briefing on Monday in Pretoria where National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams outlined his reasons for dropping the fraud charges against the Minister.

The Minister was charged with two other co-accused, the former South African Revenue Services (SARS) commissioner Oupa Magashule and former deputy SARS Commissioner Ivan Pillay. Charges against all three have been dropped.

Gordhan and his co-accused faced charges of fraud that relate to a pay-out made by Sars to Pillay when he took early retirement. The Minister was set to appear in court on November 2.

According to the ENCA report, opposition party the Democratic Alliance has called on NDPP Abrahams, to resign from his position.

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