The sponsors of the shady scuffle between South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the police elite unit; the Hawks have being unveiled. The revelation was made by Gordhan during a meeting held with the national treasury staff on Friday.
According to the embattled minister, the out-of-favor Indian-South African family- the Guptas are the brain behind his nightmare. He said he is being attacked by the influential family because of the work the National Treasury is doing.
The minister also alleged that the Hawks wants to deliberately cut the ground from under his feet because of his personality; adding that the elite unit’s legal reading of charges against him are faulty and baseless.
Coming clean with the National Treasury staff, Gordhan claimed that what is currently happening in the country depicts a battle for “Mandela values” versus the values of those who steal.
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.
President Zuma Confident In Minister Gordhan Pravin
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 the power to impede Gordhan’s investigation.
On the contrary, President Zuma’s eldest son – Edward Zuma, on Friday, urged Gordhan to stop playing the victim’s card. He called the minister to humbly report to the Hawks because he is not above the law.
Unfazed by the cold war and the dark cloud hanging above him, the beleaguered minister 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.
Gordhan’s meeting with the National Treasury staff was held just days after the Hawks had asked Gordhan, his former deputy at SARS, Ivan Pillay, and four other senior former SARS officials to provide warning statements.