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Was Gordhan playing open cards, or did he open a can of worms?

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Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. (Netwerk24)
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. (Netwerk24)

Pretoria - Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court Dunstan Mlambo questioned whether Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan opened a can of worms by adding 72 suspicious transactions contained in the FIC certificate he attached to his court papers against the Guptas.

In response attorney Jeremy Gauntlett, representing Gordhan, said he was “playing open cards” with the court by revealing what he discovered when he asked the FIC whether Gupta-owned companies had any suspicious transactions.

This followed executives requesting Gordhan countless times for assistance in reopening their bank accounts with Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank and FNB.

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