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Cope: Gordhan arrest claims an act of intimidation

Cope is accusing President Jacob Zuma of using media leaks to ‘infuriate’ Gordhan ‘until he resigns’.

The NPA has confirmed the Hawks had referred a docket to prosecutors.Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) says "continuous media leaks" are being used to intimidate Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The opposition political party is accusing President Jacob Zuma of using the tactic to "infuriate" Gordhan "until he resigns."

Yesterday, the Sunday Times revealed that the Hawks want the finance minister prosecuted for "espionage" in relation to the activities of a so-called rogue unit at the South African Revenue Service.

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Cope's Dennis Bloem has called for transparency.

"These people must come out very open to say what the charges are against Mr Pravin Gordhan. They must not do these type of things in intimidating this man. We are also saying, why is it that they are so hell-bent on charging him?"

National Prosecuting Authority boss, Shaun Abrahams, has c onfirmed the Hawks had referred a docket to prosecutors.

But, he says, the investigation is ongoing and no decision has been taken to charge or arrest anyone.

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