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Lobby group seeks court interdict against Hawks, NPA over Gordhan arrest

The group has asked the Hawks and NPA to undertake not to arrest Gordhan without prior warning.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Helen Suzman Foundation says it will be pursuing a court interdict to prevent Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from being arrested if the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority do not provide any assurances.

The organisation along with Freedom Under Law have asked the Hawks and the authority to undertake that Gordhan will not be arrested without prior warning.

The civil society group wanted a response by midday yesterday but didn't receive one.

Last week Gordhan was asked to provide a warning statement in relation to a probe into a SARS unit set up when he headed the organisation.

The minister maintains that he has co-operated with the Hawks but will not be intimidated.

The foundation's Francis Antonie says there is no basis for Gordhan's arrest.

"There is no basis in law for them to be proceeding in the way that they are doing. This amounts to harassment, intimidation. These are not charges that the minister should be facing now. These are internal matters which should be resolved there. Why then are they harassing him?"

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