Why the sudden interest in protecting Gordhan? - ANCWL

2016-09-04 22:11
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: GCIS)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: GCIS)

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Pretoria - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has questioned the "sudden interest" from several quarters in protecting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. 

"If you are a member of the ANC and are being called to account, you must just go and account, like the issue of the finance minister. We are very much worried about the sudden interest of everybody, your NGO's and civil society protecting the minister of finance," ANCWL secretary general Meokgo Matuba said on Sunday. 

Matuba was speaking after the ANCWL held its national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend. 

She said Gordhan "should account to" the relevant structures. 

The ANCWL said the NEC reflected on public spats over the Treasury, the Presidency and state-owned enterprises. 

"We feel it is wrong of any member of the ANC to raise issues [in] the manner in which they are raising issues."

Civil society groups have described the investigation by the Hawks into Gordhan and his former Sars colleagues as baseless.

Freedom Under Law chairperson and former judge Johan Kriegler said, " We believe we speak on behalf of all fair-minded South Africans, irrespective of political persuasion, in showing our support for the minister of finance and his former colleagues at Sars and our outrage at this attack on them". 

"Not only are the charges baseless, but the manner in which they have been pursued is clearly calculated to besmirch the names of the individuals and has predictably already seriously impaired our national economy,"  Kriegler said. 

He said the office of the Hawks was being used to pursue the campaign. 

Mosebenzi Zwane

The Hawks have accused Gordhan of acting corruptly by granting early retirement to former deputy head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) Ivan Pillay and for his alleged involvement in the creation of an intelligence unit within Sars.

The ANC's Gauteng secretary, Hope Papo, said in a statement on Sunday that they had, "raised concerns about different government ministers and state-owned enterprises that have been engaging in public spats and contradictory public statements that undermine policy coherence in government and cause damage to the economy". 

Papo said the party's Gauteng structures supported intervention of its national leadership to stop these public spats. 

"The ANC government cannot be a government at war with itself.  The ANC national leadership at Luthuli House should enforce discipline among all cadres deployed in government."

The national ANC recently slammed Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane for his statements regarding a judicial commission of inquiry into the banking sector over the Gupta saga.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa called for President Jacob Zuma to discipline Zwane and called his statement reckless. 

Zwane reportedly recommended to Cabinet a drastic change to the Banks Act that would allow the finance minister to control bank licences. 

This formed part of an inter-ministerial committee he led to investigate why South Africa's top banks blacklisted the Gupta family, who are friends with President Jacob Zuma, and their businesses after allegations of state capture.

In August MK Military Veterans Association treasurer Des van Rooyen accused Gordhan of drawing out the Hawks' Sars investigation adding that he was putting the country's economy at risk, EWN reported. 

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