Responding 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, ANC charged Gordhan to allow the law take its course.
The three are to appear in court for fraud charges in relation to the investigation at the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
In a statement, the African National Congress noted the NPA’s summons saying it is expedient to uncover the truth about the matter.
“This investigation and related, untested and mischievous ‘conspiracy theories’ has had a detrimental effect on the South African economy and we trust that today’s announcement will move us a step closer to uncovering the truth from facts and bring this matter to finality.
“We welcome today’s remarks by the Head of the NPA, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, rejecting claims of political interference in the prosecutorial process. The ANC urges all parties as well as external stakeholders to allow the law to take its course,” stated the ruling party.
Thus, ANC urged the Finance Minister and others to fully cooperate with the NPA in order to bring the matter to finality as soon as possible.
“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.
“The ANC calls on interested parties to desist against public commentary, which would undermine due process or create further confusion,” added the ruling party.
Disregarding ANC’s plea, the DA issued a statement asserting that charging Gordan is a disaster for South Africa’s economy.
“The fact that the Minister…will be prosecuted and arraigned on charges of fraud and theft is a disaster for the economy in South Africa. We must now trust the courts to determine whether there is any merit to these charges.
“And, we hope that there will be no delay in bringing this matter to court because ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, stated the opposition party.