Cabinet did not discuss Gordhan investigation - Radebe

2016-09-15 17:19
Jeff Radebe, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. (Photo: GCIS)

Jeff Radebe, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. (Photo: GCIS)

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Cape Town – The Hawks’ investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was not discussed at this week’s Cabinet meeting, Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

Neither was Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s statement that Cabinet would recommend to President Jacob Zuma that a judicial inquiry be established to probe four major banks and other financial institutions for closing the Gupta family’s accounts.

He was briefing media on the outcomes of Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting at Parliament.

“I say for hopefully the last time, this was not discussed at the meeting,” Radebe said.

The Hawks’ investigation into Gordhan and the public spat between him and the elite police unit had been discussed at previous meetings, just not during “this Cabinet cycle”, he said.

He did not want to create the impression that they did not talk about such issues at all.

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 a "rogue" intelligence unit within Sars.

Last month, Gordhan refused to present himself to the Hawks to make a warning statement.

Asked about the mood in Cabinet, Radebe said ministers were not afraid to express their views, and everyone was at liberty to “bring forth any items they wanted to discuss”. 

Radebe said Zuma had addressed the Zwane matter in Parliament. He had told MPs during a question session in the National Assembly on Tuesday that he was dealing with the minister.

“Let’s await the president’s process,” he said.

Zwane had been at the Cabinet meeting, but Radebe would not specify if he had been called to account. 

Following the furore over the statement in which Zwane called for a probe into the banks, Zuma told Parliament on Tuesday he was discussing the “false statement” with the minister.

The statement, and the spat between Hawks and Gordhan, were not indications of a government at war with itself, Zuma insisted. 

Read more on:    cabinet  |  pravin gordhan  |  mosebenzi zwane  |  cape town

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