Notwithstanding that the Hawks have not responded to minister’s lawyers’ representations for further clarity, the minister has nonetheless instructed his legal team to prepare an adequate response.
The Minister would have liked to abide by the request of the Presidency and the ANC (as an NEC member) to not debate this matter publicly. However, once again the Hawks triggered a response because of their threatening statement.
Ideally, the minister will not be commenting any further. His focus remains on the vital work of the National Treasury.
Issued on behalf of the Ministry of Finance Date: 15 March 2016
Read the full set of statements here:
FULL TEXT: Mcebisi Jonas statement
FULL TEXT: Second statement by Presidency on Mentor social media claims
FULL TEXT: First statement by Presidency on Mentor social media claims
FULL TEXT: Gordhan responds to DPCI (March 15)
FULL TEXT: Hawks statement (March 15)