The Democratic Alliance party has issued a warning against Pravin Gordhan’s arrest.
According to the opposition party, Parvin Gordhan’s arrest would be a disaster for the country.
That, follows the reports that the Finance Minister has been ordered to report to the Hawks on Thursday.
DA said Hawks’ summoning Parvin is a major escalation in the “SARS Wars”.
You’ll recall that SARS’ commissioner Tom Moyane kick-started Hawks’ probing of Gordhan last year.
Confirming the resurrection of the issue, Gordhan’s spokesperson Phumza Macanda related that the Minister and four former SARS employees received letters from Hawks.
They were all demanded to present themselves to Hawks tomorrow. Macanda said Gordhan is seeking legal advice and is not commenting at this stage.
Reacting, DA stated that “the fact that the Minister has reportedly been requested to appear before the Hawks suggests he may be informed about possible charges and may face arrest in connection with allegations relating to the SARS ‘rogue unit’.”
With that, Maimane’s party asserted that the arrest of the Finance Minister would shatter SA’s economy which is already fragile.
“The arrest of the Finance Minister would shatter investor confidence, risk a sovereign ratings downgrade and be a disaster for the already fragile zero growth, zero jobs economy in South Africa,” said the party.
Thus, the party specified that the appointment of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry is ideal for the Parvin Gordhan issue.
“The only option to get to the bottom of the allegations relating to the SARS ‘rogue unit’ is the appointment of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry in terms of Section 84 of the Constitution,” DA admonished.
Already, it’s been reported that South African Rand fell sharply against the dollar shortly after the news about the Finance Minister arrest broke.