Presidency condemns ‘false reports’ over finance minister’s looming arrest

The Presidency says false reports about Pravin Gordhan are being spread by dangerous information peddlers.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says false reports about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are being spread by what it believes are dangerous information peddlers.

Yesterday, the Presidency condemned reports of Gordhan's imminent arrest and a Cabinet reshuffle, which could see him removed.

It says those making these allegations are merely trying to cause confusion.

The Presidency says government's goal at the moment is to stimulate economic growth and has condemned what it says are rumours about the finance minister.

Together with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Presidency has also denied claims that Gordhan faces possible arrest

for his involvement in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) rogue spy unit.

A report by the Sunday Times yesterday claimed the NPA had been supplied with a docket from the Hawks calling for the prosecution of Gordhan and eight others.

The paper also claimed Gordhan's arrest would be followed by a Cabinet reshuffle, which would see Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also removed.

But the Presidency says there are no plans to change or replace the finance minister.