Honorable Mr. President has reaffirmed his support for Minister Gordhan by stressing that the Finance Minister remains innocent until proven guilty.
The President was reacting to the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to summon South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay for fraud.
Zuma charged NPA and other institutions involved in the matter to conduct the issue with the dignity and respect it deserves.
According to the President, NPA’s decision came at the most sensitive time for the country. This is so because Minister Gordhan was successfully leading initiatives towards economic revival, bringing together business, government and labor in efforts to reignite growth in order to save and create jobs.
However, Zuma asserted that South Africa is anchored on the rule of law, fair and just judicial processes.
“In this regard,” he said, “Minister Gordhan is innocent until and unless proven otherwise by a court of law. This is a fundamental pillar of our constitutional democracy and the rule of law.”
Meanwhile, ANC charged Gordhan to allow the law take its course saying it’s is expedient to uncover the truth about the matter.
“This investigation and related, untested and mischievous ‘conspiracy theories’ have had a detrimental effect on the South African economy…
“The presumption of innocence until proven guilty remains a sacrosanct principle of our law and the ANC has full confidence in our judiciary to act as final arbiters in these matters,” stated the ANC.
South Africa’s official opposition party has nonetheless maintained that the fact that the Minister of Finance will be prosecuted and arraigned on charges of fraud and theft is a disaster for South Africa’s economy.
Also, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader, Julius Malema insisted that NPA’s summoning of Minister Gordhan is orchestrated by President Zuma.
It’s “Zuma fighting back” he said, “…all those who love our country and its constitution must occupy the streets of Pretoria in support of our democracy,” Juju charged.