In his letter, which he said he had distributed on a WhatsApp group on Thursday, Zuma said based on his summary of Gordhan's court application, the central question was: what harm was the minister likely to suffer should the matter against him be investigated by the police or the report considered by parliament?
"In my little understanding, if the court grants the court order he is seeking, it will clearly amount to judicial overreach in that he can’t be investigated; the National Assembly will be limited to carry out their constitutional mandate, as legislative arm of the state. It amount to a directive by the judiciary to the legislature to say, Jamnandas is an important being above the constitution."
He said it would be "a serious travesty to our constitutional democracy" if the court ruled in favour of Gordhan.
"Maqabane [sic] if you are being investigated, it doesn’t not mean you are guilty. Why does he want to stop the South African Police Service from carrying out their constitutional mandate. SAPS doesn’t pronounce on the guilt of any individual.
"Once SAPS have finished with their investigation, they still have to refer the matter to National Prosecutor of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), who [has] the final say whether to prosecute or not.
"Again if the NDPP decides to prosecute, it doesn’t mean you are guilty, because they still have to prove their case, again Mkhwebane, why does he want to stop NDPP from doing her constitutional mandate?"
Zuma said President Ramaphosa was already in breach of his oath of office "by not implementing the remedial action, in the first Jamnandas matter".