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Presidency, Hawks clear the air over Gordhan saga

The Presidency says the minister is not under threat, while the Hawks say they’re not investigating him.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 28 January 2011. Picture: World Economic Forum.
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - While the presidency says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's position is not under threat and the Hawks claim they’re not investigating him, the African National Congress (ANC) says the Gordhan issue was not discussed at its National Working Committee meeting yesterday.

Yesterday, the Presidency released another statement saying claims that President Jacob Zuma and Gordhan are at war are a total fabrication and mischievous sensationalism.

Last week, Gordhan said a letter from the Hawks, asking him about a Sars unit he helped create, was an attempt at intimidating him before his budget.

The office also says measures are now being put in places to address the issues around the difficulties in the relationship between Gordhan and South African Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane.

Moyane is the one person who has not spoken publicly.

Meanwhile, it appears the Hawks could be feeling the pressure of the public backlash as they now say the only reason that they sent questions to Gordhan is because they realised he was a suitable person to clear up certain issues.

The Hawks also say it's not in the interests of justice when matters under investigation are blown out of proportion.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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