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‘Gordhan, Moyane saga should’ve taken place behind closed doors’

Gwede Mantashe says the issue is going to be harder to resolve because it's playing out in public.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says he would have preferred the tensions between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Sars commissioner Tom Moyane to be resolved behind closed doors - rather than have them blow up in public - as they have.

Today, Cabinet called on everyone involved to show restraint and to allow President Jacob Zuma to work to resolve the dispute between them.

Yesterday, Gordhan told the Hawks he would not be able to answer questions about a Sars unit he helped create within their deadline while Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says the probe must continue.

The secretary general says this issue is now going to be harder to resolve because it's playing out in public.

"If it was our choice, we would have kept that thing off the public space and allow people to deal with the matters professionally and quietly."

But he says the ANC still supports Gordhan as finance minister even though it is worried some of the good work he's done is being damaged by this dispute with Moyane.

Gordhan has now officially asked the Hawks to tell him whether a specific offense is being investigated, while Sars says Moyane is going nowhere and will not resign.