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Keep calm, implores Cabinet on Gordhan-Moyane stand-off

Tensions between the two burst into the open after Gordhan delivered his Budget speech last week.

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has called for calm and restraint in the stand-off between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane.

Tensions between the two burst into the open after Gordhan delivered his Budget speech last week.

Moyane is the complainant in the Hawk's investigation into a so-called rogue spy unit at Sars that was set up while Gordhan was commissioner.

Gordhan last week publicly decried people he claims are intent on disrupting institutions and destroying reputations

Cabinet says President Jacob Zuma is dealing with the matter of Moyane and Gordhan through "the correct channels and using the correct legal prescripts".

In a statement, it says Zuma is putting measures in place to address the issues "responsibly and amicably for the benefit of all".

It's reiterated Zuma's message that institutions and processes need to be respected.

It's appealed to all the parties to show calm and restraint and to allow space for matters to be resolved.

The breakdown of relations between Gordhan and Moyane has caused market jitters and threatened to overshadow the positive message sent by Gordhan's budget.