The Presidency has cautioned the ANCYL to stop attacking Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for pledging his support to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
It described the comments attributed to the ANCYL’s Secretary-General Njabulo Nzuza against Ramaphosa as unfortunate, stressing that they have no substance.
“We wish to reiterate that Deputy President Ramaphosa’s statement on the matter of the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, is consistent with official responses of President Jacob Zuma, the Cabinet of the Republic and the ruling party.
“The support of Deputy President Ramaphosa on this issue is based on none other than the constitutional principle of presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a competent court of law,” stated the Presidency.
With that, it invited the ANCYL and others commenting on Ramaphosa’s support for Parvin to comprehend the Deputy Presidents’ statement before offering their opinion on the issue.
The Deputy President in his statement, acknowledged the role that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has to play in building a democratic society.
Thus, he indicated his respect for the constitutional mandate that the NPA has to discharge without fear, favor or prejudice. He said:
“This mandate has to be balanced against the constitutional rights of all individuals, including the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
The situation requires of all South Africans to demonstrate unity in defense of constitutional values, the integrity of our legal system and the objective of setting South Africa on a path of sustainable and inclusive economic growth that will help us overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality.
In this regard and whatever the legal challenges that Minister Gordhan may face, we must not undermine the work that the government jointly with leaders of business and labor have been doing to stimulate domestic and international investment in our economy and have yielded impressive outcomes across a range of industrial sectors.”
The Presidency referred to the statement above and reiterated its call for commentators to familiarize themselves with the contents of the Deputy President’s statement before offering commentary.