No reason for Pravin to step down - Mantashe

2016-10-21 19:36
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Guptas and their reported influence on ministerial appointments is not on the agenda for the NEC meeting of the weekend of 18 March 2016.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Guptas and their reported influence on ministerial appointments is not on the agenda for the NEC meeting of the weekend of 18 March 2016. (Karabo Ngoepe)

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Johannesburg - Pravin Gordhan can continue being finance minister and still deal with the fraud charge against him, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Friday.

“You have a court case, you deal with that, but you do your work. People don’t stop doing their work because they have court cases,” he told News 24.

Calls from some ANC members for Gordhan to step down were premature, he said. Questions had been raised about why he had not stepped down or why the party’s integrity committee had not taken action against him.

“If you want him to go to the integrity commission and say ‘step down’, you are putting the cart before the horse.”

The National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Ahrahams announced last week on Tuesday that Gordhan, former deputy SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula, would be charged with fraud relating to Pillay’s early retirement and the extension of his contract.

They are due to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court on November 2.

Mantashe said Gordhan was doing a good job.

Some ANC members had claimed State resources were being abused to force him out of office due to his attempts to crack down on corruption and maladministration in President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet. Others have called on him to face the music in court.

Mantashe said the case should not be allowed to divide the party.

“We must accept that ANC members have different views on this matter. We must facilitate an engagement of ANC views on the matter, so that we agree on how to deal with it,” Mantashe said.


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