SACP: Attacks against Sars, Treasury must be avoided
The party says political squabbles must be put aside for the sake of the country’s economy.
CAPE TOWN - South African Communist Party (SACP) Deputy General Secretary Jeremy Cronin says any attack against the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and Treasury must be avoided at all costs for the sake of the country's economy.
The SACP is the latest to publicly rally behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan after he was sent three pages of questions by the Hawks about the so-called rogue unit at Sars, the week before he tabled the Budget speech in Parliament.
The Presidency, Gordhan and African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe have all released statements on the issue.
Cronin says now is not the time to pursue "petty" political matters.
"Any attack against very sensitive institutions within our economy, like Sars and the Treasury, needs to be avoided at all costs. We need to ensure that there's unity between these key institutions. That's our big concern as a party."
Sars boss Tom Moyane launched a probe into claims of a rogue unit at the revenue service.
Moyane and Gordhan have butted heads over the Sars commissioner's apparent determination to restructure the institution.