SACP labels Hawks leadership ‘thugs’ for going after Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has indicated he won't present himself to the Hawks for a warning statement.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has lashed out at the Hawks again, this time calling those at the head of the unit thugs.

Yesterday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated he will not present himself to the Hawks for a warning statement, saying he's under no obligation to do so.

Gordhan and three former Sars officials were instructed to present themselves at the unit's offices today in connection with their involvement with a controversial Sars unit.

The SACP's second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says the Hawks officials are acting under the command of those who want to see Gordhan removed so that they can to loot the Treasury.

"This is a politically orchestrated motive that sought to remove him for that office so that the Treasury can allow the looting of State-owned resources. In many instances, they've got finals say to approve major deals. That's where the problem is and that is what we all need to come out and stop."

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Yesterday, the SACP said the conduct of the Hawks in its investigation of the Finance Minister was highly suspicious and the unit's public contradictory statements made it difficult to trust.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo said it appeared a political decision was taken to suspend the investigation into Gordhan until after the elections.

"The conduct of the Hawks throughout the entire affair is highly suspicious and contains contradictory statements. It was the Hawks who said that they were investigating the minister of finance, indeed they were investigating him. So must they be trusted?"

Documents Eyewitness News have seen reveal that the Hawks' investigation in the case opened by Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane has been completed.

Gordhan and the former Sars officials face charges of unlawful interception of communication and contravening the National Strategic Intelligence Act.

Additional reporting by Barry Bateman.

To read Gordhan's full statement, click here.