‘Gordhan will not be intimidated’

2016-05-18 06:00

PRAVIN GORDHAN, Finance minister, is aware of plans for him to be arrested and is ready for the ongoing relentless struggle for the control of state resources.

Five sources in the Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) and Gordhan’s informal “kitchen cabinet” said Gordhan would not allow himself to be intimidated, and that the onslaught by the state exploiters was to be expected.

“The future of the crime network that was allowed to flourish in the state is now under threat. They are hitting back,” said a source.

A second source said prominent players in the private sector (who find themselves caught up in the conflict) had been warned to upgrade their personal safety.

This follows a Sunday Times report of plans to arrest Gordhan, as well as some of his former colleagues of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and well-known state prosecutor Adv. Gerrie Nel, on charges of “espionage”.

Netwerk24, Fin24’s sister website, has information that former Finance minister, Trevor Manuel, is also being targeted.

A well-placed source, whose information has been corroborated by two other independent sources in Gordhan’s kitchen cabinet and the Sarb, said Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said Gordhan, Manuel and others would be arrested.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande were the only ones to question Nhleko’s motives.

Pandor denied the matter was discussed at cabinet level and would not comment further, while Nzimande was unreachable. A senior member of the executive also denied it was discussed at cabinet level.

Manuel said the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had not spoken to him.

“I have no comment, except that the Constitutional Court confirmed on 31 March that we live in a constitutional democracy,” said Manuel.

“For this reason, even they (the Hawks) must follow the correct procedure, simply because citizens have rights.” – News24

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