Analysts: ANC silence on Gordhan, Hawks saga a sign of division

The ANC denies silence on the matter saying its president and deputy president have both commented.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say the apparent silence of the African National Congress (ANC) over the dispute between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks shows that the party is currently divided, and may have no single view on the issue.

Yesterday, Gordhan officially defied the Hawks, by refusing to give them a warning statement, after investigators claimed he had broken the law while setting up a special unit at South African Revenue Service.

The South African Communist Party has said the finance minister did the right thing by defying the Hawks, and should not give in to intimidation and harassment.

When the investigative unit first sent questions to the minister earlier this year, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe condemned the unit saying the move against Gordhan amounted to an act of sabotage against the country.

But this time around, the ruling party has not made official comment on this issue.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says, "The absence of the ANC, or the lack of a coherent message from the ANC, it might just be that whenever the ANC speaks you ask 'Which ANC is talking?', because it's so fragmented at the moment."

However, an ANC spokesperson has said it would be wrong to say the party has remained silent when President Jacob Zuma and its deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, both made comments about Gordhan yesterday.