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FIRST ON EWN: Netshitenzhe criticises Hawks over Gordhan pursuit

The ANC veteran is not impressed with the Hawks and says their pursuit of Gordhan smacks of politicking.

FILE: Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Joel Netshitenzhe has criticised the Hawks for their behaviour towards Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, calling it strange. He also revealed that the unit's behaviour has angered many in the party's highest decision making body.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News , Netshitenzhe raised his concerns about the spat between the Hawks and the finance minister, warning it's not inspiring confidence.

"It's one of the strangest things that one has observed."

The ANC veteran is not impressed with the Hawks and he says their pursuit of Gordhan smacks of politicking.

"The reality of the matter is, if you were to contrast this with the reports that emerged about one of the senior leaders of Sars, you then pose the question how serious are those allegations made against the finance minister compared to this recent one."

Netshitenze also believes many others in the ANC are angered by this issue.

"That anger exists not just in broad society but in the ANC itself."

Netshitenzhe added that considering the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla, issues around state-owned enterprises and recent political developments, he can't say if President Jacob Zuma is still a great leader for the party and the country.