We are praying for you, Pravin - Archbishop Makgoba

2016-09-14 11:38
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Cape Town – Religious leaders are praying for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, his deputy and staff, Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba said in an open letter on Wednesday.

They and the vast majority of citizens were behind Treasury's "efforts to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent for the benefit of all and not to enrich a few".

Gordhan is set to table his medium-term budget in Parliament on October 26.

"We want to highlight the critical values of openness and transparency and urge you within the constraints imposed by the law to ensure that the maximum light is brought to bear on how government resources are being spent," said Makgoba.

He quoted a Bible verse on the truth setting people free, and added: "The sun, the light, is God's disinfectant and will help us cleanse ourselves as a nation."

He thanked the Treasury for its hard work and dedication and acknowledged its staff for putting their "lives on the line" to protect the gains of the struggle and improve the quality of people’s lives.

On August 22, the Hawks instructed Gordhan and three former Sars employees - Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Oupa Magashula - to present themselves to their office in Pretoria so they could make warning statements.

The unit wanted to question Gordhan about his alleged contraventions of the National Strategic Intelligence Act and Public Finance Management Act. These related to his approval of former Sars commissioner Pillay's early retirement in 2010 and to the alleged creation of an intelligence unit within Sars.

In a statement, Gordhan said he had taken legal advice and had no obligation to present himself to the Hawks. He said he should be left to do his job in a difficult economic environment.

Gordhan was Sars commissioner between 1999 and 2009. During this period, a so-called "rogue unit" was allegedly established, which was allegedly involved in illegal intelligence gathering.

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