ANC stays mum on Gordhan-Hawks spat

The African National Congress (ANC) refuses to be drawn into the spat between finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said on Friday that‚ “The president and the deputy president have spoken on this matter‚ so for us that is sufficient comment“.

A statement issued by the presidency this week said that President Jacob Zuma‚ “wishes to express his full support and confidence in the Minister of Finance and emphasises the fact that the Minister has not been found guilty of any wrong doing“.

It added‚ however‚ that the president could interfere with the investigations of law enforcement agencies.

Gordhan was asked to present himself to the Hawks in Pretoria on Thursday to give a warning statement‚ which he refused to do.

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The Hawks allege that Gordhan helped create a covert unit at the South African Revenue Service and that he had corruptly approved the early retirement of former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa echoed Zuma’s confidence in Gordhan at the funeral of former Eastern Cape premier Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday‚ adding that: “Whatever the agencies of government must do‚ they must do it in a way that does not disturb our economy‚ that does not demonstrate to our people that we are a government at war with itself.” — TMG Digital

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