Durban – While President Jacob Zuma has expressed his support for and confidence in Pravin Gordhan, his son Edward says the finance minister is not above the law.
“One is very perturbed by the behaviour and sheer arrogance that Pravin Gordhan is displaying in the Hawks/Sars issue,” Zuma’s eldest son said in a statement on Thursday.
“I would have expected him to be an example on the matter, especially because he has all of a sudden become the darling of the white monopoly capital.”
Fin24 reported that the elite Hawks police unit had instructed Gordhan to report to them on Thursday afternoon to make a warning statement regarding allegations he is facing.
They related to the alleged establishment of a “rogue unit” at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), and his granting early retirement to the former Sars deputy head, Ivan Pillay. Gordhan was Sars commissioner between 1999 and 2009.
Pillay, former Sars group executive Johann van Loggerenberg, and head of the investigative unit Andries van Rensburg, were also asked to report to the Hawks.
Gordhan playing victim
Gordhan said on Wednesday that following legal advice, he decided not to go to the Hawks. He said he was under no legal obligation to do so.
Edward Zuma said Gordhan wanted to portray himself as the victim. Gordhan’s “masters” were “the real state capturers” who were abusing government employee funds.
'Let's not be fooled'
Edward Zuma said his father had faced criminal charges in the past and would likely do so again in future. Therefore Gordhan should do the same.
He said Gordhan’s supporters did not want him to face criminal charges because it would threaten the country’s economic stability.
“Let's not be fooled by the so-called ‘rating agencies’ in that the rand will crumble because of the super minister Gordhan. If he's clean then [he must] stop panicking as if he's hiding something.”
Edward Zuma urged South Africans to disregard the views of retired judge Johann Kriegler and human rights lawyer George Bizos, who had expressed support for Gordhan.
“They want to lead us astray. People must stop talking bad about the ANC,” he said.