ANC distances itself from party stalwart's statement on Hawks, Gordhan

2016-09-14 19:52
Enoch Godongwana. Picture: City Press

Enoch Godongwana. Picture: City Press

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Cape Town - The ANC has distanced itself from Enoch Godongwana's reported comments about a political motive behind the Hawks' investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"It has never been the position of the ANC that there is a politically motivated investigation into Minister Gordhan," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Wednesday.

Godongwana is a party stalwart, with stints as deputy minister of economic development and deputy minister of public enterprises under his belt. He has been a secretary general of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and is currently chairperson of the ANC’s sub-committee on economic transformation.

In an interview with eNCA, Godongwana said he believed the Hawks were pursuing Gordhan because he was investigating something that "smells" in Denel, SAA, and Eskom. This was part of a plan to weaken the Treasury.

"I share that view that in fact these charges are being concocted in order to cover all of those things," he told eNCA.

He also reportedly called for a judicial inquiry into those banks which had refused to do business with the Gupta family, but did not trust President Jacob Zuma to institute an independent inquiry.

He suggested that perhaps the Chief Justice could assign that function, as "all of us would be conflicted".

When contacted by News24, Godongwana politely declined to elaborate on these views.

'Statements are hurting the ANC'

Kodwa said those views were Godongwana's own, and reiterated an earlier call that ANC members not speak out of line.

"These kinds of statements are hurting the ANC," Kodwa said.

The ANC’s national executive committee and the national working committee had issued numerous requests for leaders not to make statements in public.

Kodwa said the ANC's position on Gordhan stood: he was not above the law, and law enforcement agencies had to act in terms of the law.

Gordhan turned down an invitation by the Hawks to present himself to their offices for questioning last month. 

Gordhan is accused of having breached the Public Finance Management Act and the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act when he approved, as finance minister, former SA Revenue Service commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement in 2010.

The Hawks also wanted to question him about his alleged breach of the National Strategic Intelligence Act, in relation to the alleged creation of a "rogue" intelligence unit within Sars.

The docket on the Sars investigation had been handed to the National Prosecuting Authority. NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said a decision about how to proceed had not been made yet.


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