ANC criticises Hawks’ handling of Gordhan matter

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Hawks have delegitimised their investigation.

FILE: SA Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the Hawks are not handling their investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan properly but that he is not above the law.

The party today reaffirmed its full unreserved support for Gordhan.

It also says ANC organisations should speak on the matter after the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association said yesterday Gordhan should submit to the Hawks' demand to give them a warning statement.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the Hawks have delegitimised their investigation by first demanding answers from Gordhan and only then requesting he make a warning statement.

"Because if do that, you are not only doing your work, you are also having an element of humiliating this minister."

He says the MKMVA and particularly Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen should have remained silent yesterday.

"For the MKMVA, which in any case should not have spoken on the matter, to choose Des to speak on the matter was a terrible choice."

Mantashe says the Treasury should be careful not to isolate itself from the rest of government.

The ANC's national working committee also says people in the party should not discuss the dispute between the Hawks and Gordhan in public because they are hurting the economy.

Mantashe says ANC bodies should remain silent on the issue.

"While you begin to have a [discussion] on the arrest of a minister, you are hurting the country and you are hurting the economy. That is the point."