Hanekom: Gordhan a man of the 'highest integrity'

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says he believes in the integrity of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

FILE: Finance minster Pravin Gordhan and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says he believes in the integrity of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

A formal summons has been issued for Gordhan on charges related to a payout made by Sars to Ivan Pillay when he took early retirement.

Hanekom made the comment on the sideline of a Tourism Expo in Mitchells Plain earlier today.

He adds the law must take its course.

"We presume people's innocence until they are found guilty of any crime and I can say with a great deal of confidence that Pravin Gordhan is a man of the highest integrity and doing the most excellent work for our country and we will stand right by him as we continue to advance our country's interests."