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Cabinet members urged to 'exercise restraint' in Gordhan-Hawks saga

Cabinet added all parties concerned should cooperate with state organs tasked with law enforcement.

Pravin Gordhan. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Cabinet says it's concerned over the continued public spats in relation to the matter between Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Cabinet issued a statement today after its meeting on Wednesday.

It emerged last week that Gordhan and four former South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials are suspects in an investigation into a covert unit within Sars.

The minister declined to present himself to detectives to provide a warning statement, saying he was under no legal obligation to do so.

Cabinet has called on all Cabinet members, which would include Gordhan, to exercise restraint and cease making statements about the Hawks investigation.

It asks that all parties concerned act with dignity and decorum and to respectfully approach each other instead of taking to public platforms.

This appears to be a swipe at Gordhan, who announced last week that he had been approached by the Hawks, before releasing his legal correspondence with the unit.

Cabinet added that all parties concerned should cooperate with state organs tasked with law enforcement.

Gordhan has been criticised for not reporting to the Hawks to provide a warning statement, but he says he was under no legal obligation to do so.

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