Ramaphosa: Support of Gordhan based on presumption of innocent until proven guilty

2016-10-26 05:48
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Pic: Denzil Maregele)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Pic: Denzil Maregele)

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday hit back at ANC Youth League secretary general Njabulo Nzuza saying his support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is consistent with the stance of the president, the ruling party and Cabinet on the matter.

Ramaphosa was responding to comments made by Nzuza, who slammed his public support of Gordhan.

News24 reported that Nzuza claimed Ramaphosa was "succumbing to pressure that is portraying Gordhan as someone who must not be charged".

The Presidency, in a statement supported by Ramaphosa, however, responded that Nzuza's comments were "unfortunate and without substance".

"The support of Deputy President Ramaphosa on this issue is based on none other than the constitutional principle of presumptions of innocence until proven guilty by a competent court of law," it said in a statement.

Ramaphosa last week became the third member of the executive who publicly announced support for Gordhan, after Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Gordhan is facing a charge of fraud along with two former South African Revenue Service officials, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay, in connection with an early retirement package signed off by Gordhan for Pillay in 2010.

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