As the case between the finance minister and the investigative unit Hawks linger, more people agree that the minister shouldn’t ignore the Hawks call, among them is the Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
The archbishop wrote a letter to minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday, pledging his support to the beleaguered Finance Minister his staff at the Treasury.
In the letter, the archbishop said South Africa was undergoing a moral turning point were leaders selfishly cart away what belong to the people and in the end avoid to give account for their spending while in office.
The Anglican Archbishop therefore called on the minister to make himself available to the hawks as a proof of his openness and transparency while holding public office.
He however pledged full support to Minister Gordhan‚ President (Jacob) Zuma and all those in government for as long as they are working for the society which we want”. The letter read:
“I address you on behalf of the Anglican Church and of the religious leaders whom you met before presenting the budget this year to reassure you of our support for your difficult task at this time.
“I am confident that religious leaders of all faiths speak on behalf of millions of their followers when we reassure you that our people are praying for you and that the vast majority of South Africans are behind you in your efforts to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent for the benefit of all and not to enrich a few.”
“We want to highlight the critical values of openness and transparency and urge you within the constraints imposed by the law to ensure that the maximum light is brought to bear on how government resources are being spent. As Christians we say the truth will set us free (John 8:32). The sun‚ the light‚ is God’s disinfectant and will help us cleanse ourselves as a nation.
“We thank you for your hard work and dedication and your willingness even to put your life on the line in order to protect the gains of the struggle and to enhance the quality of the lives of our people.
“God bless you.
The Anglican Archbishop Makgoba’s letter to Gordhan followed public support for the safeguarding of the Treasury against powerful individual supposedly plotting to take control of the country’s fiscus.
Gordhan finds himself at the centre of a probe by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) into the formation of the so-called rogue tax unit that reportedly probed high-profile individuals.