President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son, Edward Zuma, has urged supporters of SA finance minister Pravin Gordhan to give the law a chance, in order to have the minister probed.
Zuma’s assertion is coming barely 24hours after his father publicly expressed his support and confidence in the embattled minister.
Speaking in a statement on Thursday, Edward Zuma alleged that Gordhan is only portraying the picture of a victim, whilst the “real state captors” abusing government employee funds are his masters.
He also dismissed insinuations that South African economy will crumble should the scuffle between the minister and the Hawks gets intensified. Sounding a bit biased about the whole drama, Zuma argued that Gordhan must face the music of the law because his father did so in the past and would likely do so in the future.
“One is very perturbed by the behaviour and sheer arrogance; that Pravin Gordhan is displaying in the Hawks/Sars issue. Let’s not be fooled by the so-called ‘rating agencies’ in that the rand will crumble; because of the super minister Gordhan. If he’s clean; then [he must] stop panicking as if he’s hiding something.”
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan Unfazed By Perceived Witch-Hunt
Finance minister Pravin Gordhan, a former commissioner at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), is being investigated for setting up a “rogue unit” at the SARS. He is also being probed for allegedly granting early retirement to the former Sars deputy head, Ivan Pillay.
His former colleagues Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg [former group executive in SARS] and Andries van Rensburg [head of the investigative unit] are also victims of the ‘perceived’ witch-hunt.
However, irrespective of Zuma’s support and confidence in the minister, the president categorically announced on Thursday that he is not in the position nor has power to impede Gordhan’s investigation.
Unfazed by the cold war and the dark cloud hanging above him, the beleaguered minister has made it clear to all that he will not report to the Hawks because he was advised not to do so, as he is under no legal obligation to do so.
Meanwhile, public outcry against Gordhan has continued to wax stronger, with most people implying that the witch-hunt is simply a ploy by President Jacob Zuma to gain control of the keys to the National Treasury.