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Gordhan reportedly slams Mcebisi Jonas's detractors

The Pretoria News is reporting that Gordhan issued the warning at an ANC opinion maker’s forum in Durban.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has reportedly slammed detractors of his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, warning against leaving the fate of 55 million South Africans to 'a single family'.

The Pretoria News is reporting that Gordhan issued the warning at an African National Congress opinion maker's forum in Durban yesterday.

Without mentioning the Gupta's by name, the finance minister warned the country cannot sacrifice democracy and sovereignty because of a few people who think they can run our lives.

According to the paper, he also criticised the timing of the probe into his dealings when he was head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), saying it reflects badly on the country at a time when South Africa is hosting officials from ratings agency Moody's.

The Hawks have openly accused Gordhan of believing he is above the law and deserving of preferential treatment.

In a hard-hitting statement released last week, the elite police unit described as 'disturbing' Gordhan's claim that he was unaware of the latest deadline given to him in relation to the Sars investigation.

Gordhan challenged the Hawks to explain what law he has been accused of breaking and said his efforts to prevent South Africa's economy from being downgraded is his top priority.

The statement shatters any expectations that the tension between the Hawks and Gordhan are de-escalating.

The Hawks say their investigation into a controversial unit within Sars will not be stalled by 'an individual who refuses to comply with the authorities and demands preferential treatment'.

A sentence saying that the Hawks' legal team is 'forging the way forward' is left open to interpretation.

Gordhan said he will deal with the police's questions, but he had to prepare the 2016 Budget and then left on an international roadshow to try and calm investor fears as South Africa hovers on the brink of an economic downgrade.


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