Still on whether or not the Finance Minister would be dismissed from his job, Minister Pravin Gordhan dares Hawks to arrest him saying only President Jacob Zuma has the right to ask him to leave.
As the case between the minister and the state investigative unit, the Hawks still lingers, Minister Gordhan dares the Hawks as he told audience in Cape Town that he was ready if the Hawks want to arrest him.
The minister, who does not seem worried about Hawks investigation and how it would affect his office as head of Treasury, said while speaking with Justice Malala at the Open Book Festival‚ that the Hawks can arrest him any time they please.
He said the Cabinet was selected at Zuma’s orders, but added that “if required to deliver the budget in February, I will be willing to do that”.
Minister Gordhan has in the recent time, been shuffling between maintenance of a steady economic growth for SA and addressing his case with the Hawks where he is being charged with corruption related to a SARS unit established under his watch.
Nonetheless, the minister is still determined to keep to his words of ensuring a steady economic growth while keeping the treasury way from self ambitious politicians who aim at liquidating the state through wasteful and irregular expenditure.
“[The Hawks] can arrest me now if they want to,” he said,
“All the questions have been asked‚ all the questions have been answered.”
“I am not above the law‚ nobody is above the law‚” he added.
There are growing speculations that the Hawks’ move against the finance minister was in line with Zuma’s plans to force the minister out so corrupt manipulation of state funds could continue.
President Zuma on the other hand refuted the allegations saying he supports the minister but cannot stop the investigation – has denied warring with the finance minister.
Minister Gordhan seems confident about his statues as the treasury head even in the face of daring Hawks investigations as he pledged readiness for their arrest.
The governing African National Congress (ANC) also pledge support to the minister Gordhan but urged him to cooperate with police investigations, days after Gordhan declined to meet detectives looking into his time at the tax office.