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South Africa’s Justice Minister Backs Beleaguered Head Prosecutor

  • Masutha says Zuma never asked him to do anything untoward
  • Former finance minister Gordhan had a case to answer: Masutha
Michael Masutha
Michael MasuthaPhotographer: Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images
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South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha said he has “full confidence” in chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams and he had supported his 2016 decision to bring charges against then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan and to then drop the case two weeks later.

Abrahams had been accused by opposition parties and rights groups of delaying decisions on or refusing to prosecute allies of former President Jacob Zuma accused of looting state funds. Last year the High Court ruled that his appointment was invalid because the removal off his predecessor was unlawful. The ruling party forced Zuma to resign in February and replaced him with Cyril Ramaphosa, who fired several cabinet ministers who were seen as being close to Zuma but retained Masutha in his post.