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Gordhan condemns those who want to 'destabilise SA's economy'

Pravin Gordhan there is a group of people who are not interested in the economic stability of the country.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has said that while he's grateful to the African National Congress (ANC) for supporting the independence of institutions like Sars and the Treasury, there is a group of people who are not interested in the economic stability of the country, or the welfare of its people.

He's now given his first public reaction to a letter sent to him by the Hawks in which he was asked questions about his role in setting up a unit at Sars that was then accused of spying on people.

LISTEN: Gordhan vs Tom Moyane.

Earlier today, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, said the party fully supported Gordhan, while the Presidency has said there is no conspiracy against him.

The minister says this letter from the Hawks is an attempt by some people who have no interest in South Africa, its future, its economic prospects or the welfare of its people.

He also says that some people appear to be interested in disrupting institutions and destroying reputations.

Gordhan also says that if necessary, he will take appropriate legal action to protect himself, and the National Treasury from whatever elements are seeking to discredit him or the institution.

The minister also says that he serves at the pleasure of the president.

GORDHAN DISMISSES HAWKS LETTER AS INTIMIDATION AHEAD OF BUDGET SPEECH

At the same time, Gordhan has hit out at the Hawks for investigating him for claims he broke the law in setting up a Sars unit saying a letter from the organisation was an attempt at intimidating him ahead of his budget speech this week.

He says some people appear to be interested in disrupting institutions and destroying reputations.

The minister also says there is nothing for the Hawks to investigate because the Sars unit he set up was legally constituted and approved at ministerial level.

Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane says he's not going to comment on these developing issues while the Presidency says it has full confident in Gordhan and all other ministers and deputy ministers.