The Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, is someone you don’t want to mess with. He’s regarded by most as the catalyst that will restore sanity and hope in the economic conditions of the country. Even the EFF called on everyone to rally behind Gordhan, and now, the Congress of the People (COPE) is calling for Hawks boss Major General Berning Ntlemeza to be charged with sabotage.
It happened that Hawks handed a letter to the Finance Minister, asking him to answer three pages of questions, keep the letter confidential and not interfere with “state witnesses”, without indicating who such witnesses are.
Gordhan commented that the letter was meant to intimidate and distract the nation from work that ought to be done as required by the 2016 budget.
“The letter from the Hawks is an attempt by some individuals who have no interest in South Africa, its future, its economic prospects and the welfare of its people,” the Finance Minister stated.
In line with that, COPE wants the issue to be taken serious as a deliberate attempt to destroy and disrupt the development plans of the nation. To them, Hawks letter could have worsened the way things are if Gordhan had succumbed.
Speaking, COPE’s spokesperson, Dennis Bloem said; “the action of the Hawks is not a coincidence, It was well planned. Tom Moyane of South African Revenue Services (SARS) is openly defying and disrespecting Minister Gordhan because he belongs to a faction with a different agenda, that is the horror of it.”
The ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe expressed similar sentiment in a statement where it was stated that “the timing of these questions indicate clearly that there was intention to distract the Minister during this important time.
It is even more disconcerting that these questions were leaked to the media. In our view this, is a well calculated destabilization plan with all the elements of disinformation, falsehoods and exaggerated facts.”