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Mantashe opts not to discuss Hawks-Gordhan saga

The ANC Secretary General maintains the issue should have been handled quietly and professionally.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at the party's NGC in Midrand on 9 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says he doesn't want to talk about the current threats between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, but maintains his earlier comment that this issue should have been handled quietly and professionally.

Gordhan claims the Hawks are leaking information to malign him and there's no letter they've sent to him that he has not responded to.

But the Hawks say they're preparing to use their constitutional powers to compel the finance minister to answer questions about a South African Revenue Service (Sars) unit he helped to create.

Mantashe says he doesn't want to talk about this issue at the moment but does say he still wishes this issue had been resolved without it spilling over in the public domain.

He’s previously criticised the Hawks for sending these questions to Gordhan just before his Budget speech.

Meanwhile University of Cape Town (UCT) constitutional law professor Pierre de Vos says the Hawks may find it difficult to actually force Gordhan to answer these questions.

MOODY’S

At the same time, officials from the Moody’s ratings agency are landing in South Africa this morning.

They want to know if they should downgrade the economy.

Moody’s officials are seeing headlines and statements about the Hawks preparing to use their constitutional powers against the person they see as pivotal to the economy. 

Econometrix economist Azar Jammine says if the Hawks’ action against the finance minister were to result in him being arrested, there would be a huge reaction.

Moody’s officials are expected to meet top officials at National Treasury and in other financial institutions during their trip.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)


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