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Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan‘s ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect.

Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan’s prosecution, this didn’t stop South Africa’s Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director.

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#ShaunAbrahams began trending on the social network just before midday, while the simpler hashtag #Abrahams joined the trending train soon after.

Google Search traffic told a similar story with searches for “Shaun Abrahams” and “NPA” spiking around 11.30am. “Pravin Gordhan” was also one of the country’s most popular searched terms during this period.


Abrahams' hour-long presser was followed by a few more minutes for journalists' hard-hitting questions. Twitter meanwhile, laid into the NPA director's tedious use of notes and wordy explanations, among other things.

Twitter laid into Shaun Abrahams after charges against Pravin Gordhan were dropped

Here are some of the tweets before, during and after Shaun Abrahams' presser. Leader of the EFF Julius Malema, also took to Twitter to announce the party plans to march in Pretoria, if Abrahams does not resign. For a steady stream of Tweets regarding the #ShaunAbrahams saga, follow the rolling updates widget below: Feature image: SABC Digital News via YouTube