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FW De Klerk weighs in on Gordhan, Hawks tug of war

Minister Pravin Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning.

Former South African president FW de Klerk. Picture: FW de Klerk Foundation Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President FW de Klerk has described the recent developments around Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks as a tragedy.

Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning statement.

The finance minister and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in a probe into the controversial covert unit.

WATCH: Pravin Gordhan explains why he refused Hawks request

De Klerk was speaking at the unity in diversity centre in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.

The former president has lashed out at the Hawks for targeting Gordhan.

"The way in which it has been handled, and what I perceive to be the arrogance from the Hawks, is unacceptable."

De Klerk says the recent actions by the investigating unit is in directly harming the entire country.

"It's harming the interests, not of Pravin Gordhan, its harming the interests of all South Africa.

He says South Africa is in trouble if the current political landscape, particularity factions within the African National Congress, start interfering with the governance of the country.

De Klerk says the Hawks are asking for trouble.

"What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy. He is adopting an attitude that he is guilty of nothing, that he has given all explanations he has been asked to give and I think he is within his rights."

He has also criticised president Jacob Zuma saying his regime lacks leadership.

"I am highly critical of President Zuma's regime, and the lack of good governance that we are experiencing at their hands."

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