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Treasury pledges its full support to Public Protector

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says his department would also like to assist.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the Public Protector has Treasury's full support in securing funds to investigate the Gupta family, especially in the wake of the historic Constitutional Court judgement reaffirming her powers.

Gordhan issued his support for advocate Thuli Madonsela's office at a Sars briefing in Pretoria today, just a day after the court found that President Jacob Zuma flouted the Constitution, when he decided to ignore Madonsela's Nkandla report.

Madonsela has asked the finance ministry for R3 million to investigate the controversial relationship between the Gupta family and Zuma, and whether they had any influence over political appointments.

WATCH: Treasury getting team ready to determine Zuma's bill.

Today Gordhan explained that any additional funding that's required by the Public Protector must be discussed to see if the Justice Department can trim expenditure to find the money.

But Gordhan says his department would like to assist.

"We'd like to be as helpful as we can because clearly yesterday again the court emphasised the importance of the institution, David as it may be versus Goliath."

Godhan's Deputy Mcebisi Jonas's revelation last month that he was offered Treasury's top job by the Guptas sent shock waves through the country.

On the Nkandla front, Gordhan says a team will be put together to calculate how much Zuma must pay back, and he's promised it will be a thorough and transparent process.

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