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‘I’ll answer the Hawks’ questions after investors’ roadshow’

The finance minister says he is not able to answer the questions from the Hawks at this point.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the 2014 Budget Speech in Parliament, Cape Town, 26 February 2014. Picture: GCIS.
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JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan says he’ll only answer questions sent to him by the Hawks when he returns from his investors’ roadshow in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Gordhan is currently speaking to investors in a bid to stop ratings agencies from downgrading South Africa’s investment rating to junk status.

The minister has said that the questions sent to him by the Hawks about a South African Revenue Service unit he helped to create were designed to intimidate him ahead of his budget presentation last month.

Gordhan says he is not able to answer the questions from the Hawks at this point

“I will respond in time. I had to spend this week doing this work, which is very crucial for South Africa and it’s part of my job as minister of finance. So we’ll worry about the Hawks as soon as I finish with my main job that I get paid for.”

He also says South Africa still has a chance to prevent being downgraded to junk status and that government will work with Moody's, which has said it is going to conduct a review of the country’s economy with a view to seeing if its rating should be downgraded.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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