The DA called on Abrahams to "do the right thing and withdraw the charges against, Gordhan and his former South African Revenue Service deputies Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay, and then resign".Abrahams has come under intense pressure since he announced the fraud charges. This was intensified when it emerged that he had met with President Jacob Zuma, the day before, at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House. This meeting fueled the already growing speculation that the case against Gordhan was indeed politically motivated and stood no lawful ground.
“Even if the charges are dropped‚ the People’s Assembly Against State Capture will go ahead outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 2 November‚” said rights group, Section 27. “Except, in this case‚ it will be a rally marking victory in this battle‚ and consolidating the campaign against state capture. To stop the looting and corruption‚ and to restore the integrity of the state. It added: “We have noted speculation that the NPA may drop the charges‚ which would vindicate what we and many other organisations have been saying all along. That they were politically motivated and have no basis in law.”The group is marching under the “Save South Africa” banner‚ to which a number of civic organisations have subscribed.