Three years into a proposed ten year term, South Africa today ridded itself of the deeply tainted head of National Prosecuting Authority. Its Constitutional Court ruled that NPA head Shaun Abrahams - who has catapulted four levels into the top job from the legal equivalent of the backbenches - should never have been appointed in the first place. His elevation came after former president Jacob Zuma paid off the previous NPA head with a R17m golden handshake.
According to former public prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, the appointment of Abrahams was “like taking a child who has learned to ride a bicycle with training wheels and giving him a jumbo jet and expecting everything to be OK.” Shortly after Abrahams took office, the NPA launched a series of unsuccessful actions against Breytenbach, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and a number of other anti-corruption activists.
Among those most affected by the Abrahams regime was Paul O’Sullivan of Forensics for Justice...O’Sullivan describes the former NPA national director and his appointees as criminals with gowns. He says the tide turned and "it's now my turn " - O Sullivan is determined to see Abrahams and his cohort behind bars.