Pressure mounts on the Hawks after Sars war

Yesterday, Gordhan said group of people weren't interested in the economic stability of the country.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivering his national Budget speech in Parliament on 24 February 2016. Picture GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Pressure appears to be building on the Hawks this morning after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday that the people at the institution, who were investigating him, had no interest in the country and its future.

He's hit back at the unit for sending him a letter asking about his role in setting up a unit at Sars that has been accused of spying on people.

The Presidency has said claims of a conspiracy against Gordhan are baseless, but African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says leaking that Hawks letter was a malicious act, aimed at destabilising the country.

Gordhan says the letter demands that he answers three pages of questions - keep it confidential - and that he not interfere with state witnesses, but doesn't said who they are.

He then says "this was a bid to intimidate him ahead of the budget".

But the Presidency says it has full faith in Gordhan and in all of the current ministers and Cabinet ministers and that there is no conspiracy against Gordhan.

However, Mantashe appears to think differently - he's given Gordhan the party's full support.

He also says that the person who's leaking documents is at Sars, but it is not the commissioner, Tom Moyane.

Moyane himself is refusing to comment on any of these issues, despite a call by former finance minister Trevor Manuel that he be fired.