CAPE TOWN- President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn former president Jacob Zuma appeal against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that NPA head Shaun Abrahams should vacate his position.

This decision is clear sign that Ramaphosa could fire Abraham’s in the future and appoint a new NPA boss.

The letter which was delivered to the registrar of the constitutional court on Friday afternoon, a state attorney informed the court’s  Ramaphosa of decision.


Ramaphosa letter reads, “With the current regime change and after consultation with the current President of the Republic of South Africa, we are instructed to inform this court, that the first respondent (Ramaphosa) is no longer prosecuting its appeal and therefore will not be present to argue the matter on 28 February 2018.

“To the extent that the former President (Zuma) may want to pursue argument on matters affecting him personally, he may do so through his legal representatives. ”

A full Bench of judges of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that Zuma was not the right person to hire new a prosecution boss, as it would be a conflict of interest, as he was facing corruption charges himself.

Abraham’s appealed the decision. as the North Gauteng Court found his appointment was invalid and should vacate his position.

In court papers on Friday, it was revealed that the NPA argued that Abraham’s appointment was valid.

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