Helen Suzman Foundation to discuss options in Gordhan saga

2016-09-05 21:02
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Matthew le Cordeur)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Matthew le Cordeur)

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Cape Town – The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) will meet lawyers acting for it and Freedom Under Law (FUL) to discuss what to do should Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan be arrested.

Both organisations on Friday asked the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority not to arrest Gordhan.

They wanted undertakings, by no later than 12:00 on Monday, that Gordhan would not be arrested on any criminal charges, they said in a letter.

Should he face charges, HSF and FUL wanted at least 20 days’ notice to apply for a court interdict.

But on Monday afternoon, the HSF’s Francis Antonie said they had not received a response yet.

“We have been in consultation with our lawyers and we are setting up a meeting for later today and tomorrow. We are going to be planning our strategy going forward,” he said.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24 on Monday that they had received the letter from the two entities and their lawyers would respond.

“It is a matter between us and them, and I won’t comment on the content of the response,” he said.

Allegations without foundation

Gordhan has been accused of corruption. He received a letter from the Hawks on August 22, calling on him to make a "warning statement" at their offices on Thursday, August 25.

This was in relation to the establishment of the so-called "rogue unit" at the SA Revenue Service and the early retirement and re-appointment of Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay.

In their letter on Friday, the two institutions said the Hawks’ allegations were without foundation.

“FUL and HSF contend that the administration of justice, the economy and the Republic itself have already been gravely endangered by the Hawks and NPA's actions against the minister and that the undertakings they seek are urgently required if further calamitous consequences are to be avoided,” they said.



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