Gordhan should co-operate with Hawks - EFF

2016-03-02 22:45
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: GCIS)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: GCIS)

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Johannesburg – The EFF has urged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to co-operate with the Hawks in their investigation into the SA Revenue Service's (Sars) so-called 'rogue unit'.

"Minister Gordhan does appear to believe to have committed no criminal offence that could prevent him from fully co-operating with the Hawks' investigation, nor is he under investigation himself," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

Ndlozi said the minister should rise above "petty" political machinations and "allow legal processes to unfold".

The EFF believed the country still had an independent judiciary which had not been corrupted.

"The EFF has unwavering confidence in the judiciary and we urge the minister to do the same," Ndozi said.

Transparent investigation

Reports emerged last week that Gordhan threatened to resign shortly before his budget speech after he received a list of 27 questions from the Hawks investigating the operation of the unit at Sars.

On Monday, the Hawks said they never meant to investigate Gordhan and that he was merely the "suitable man to talk to".

Gordhan was a commissioner at Sars at the time when a covert unit was allegedly established.

On Wednesday, the finance minister told the Hawks he needed more time before he responded to their questions.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko told reporters that the questions sent to Gordhan by the Hawks did not mean he was under investigation, but were sent in order to get clarity.

The EFF urged the Hawks to be transparent in their investigation and inform the public about the specific crimes it was investigating.

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