JOHANNESBURG – As calls mount for National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Advocate Shaun Abrahams to act over the information contained in the Gupta leak emails, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it’s still received no response to its request for him to be suspended.

Three weeks ago, the opposition party wrote to President Jacob Zuma, saying he should suspend Abrahams.

The NPA has said that it cannot act on the information contained in the Gupta leak emails because it needs the police and the Hawks to finish an investigation first.

But there’ve been calls for decisive action on this issue.

The DA’s Graham Charters says it’s clear Abrahams must go.

“In order for the NPA to be functioning and do its job, we need someone new at the top.”

Charters says they’ll have to look at what other steps they can take.

“The matter is in the process of possibly ending up before the courts but that’s something we’ll pronounce on in the near future; work is being done.”

Last year, Abrahams allowed the NPA to lodge fraud charges against then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but then withdrew them.

In 2012, Zuma’s appointed of Menzi Simelane as NPA head was struck down after he was found not fit and proper for the post.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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