Nhleko shuts down questions on Gordhan

2016-09-02 19:11
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko shut down any questions on what the future holds for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan after he did not show up for an appointment with the Hawks.

"We shall not comment about the ongoing investigations or any other matter for instance relating to this particular matter because it doesn't benefit anybody," Nhleko said, when this was raised during a briefing on the latest crime statistics.

"It just doesn't benefit anybody," he continued, as Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza sat next to him.

The latest Cabinet statement articulated this stance, he said, and unless he can be convinced otherwise, that is how it would stay.

"Does it benefit the rule of law? If you can convince me that it does, perhaps it will be a different matter altogether.

"As SAPS we took a very deliberate position right from the onset that we were not going to entertain all these speculations and issues that are out there."

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 commissioner of the SA Revenue Services' Ivan Pillay's early retirement in 2010. He is also implicated in allegedly setting up an intelligence unit at SARS.

The Cabinet statement said that all parties involved in public spats over the Gordhan-Hawks matter should exercise restraint, including members of Cabinet.

"Cabinet joins President [Jacob] Zuma in expressing full confidence in the minister of finance who, together with various other members of the executive, business, labour and civil society, has been doing a sterling job in building confidence in our economy among domestic and foreign investors.

"Cabinet equally called on all parties to respect and co-operate with state organs tasked with law enforcement."

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