Gordhan charge a bid to remove him - Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada says he will be by Gordhan’s side in court.

Former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada sat down for a candid one-on-one interview with journalist Melanie Verwoerd. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says it considers the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as nothing more than an attempt to remove him from his post and it will support the Finance Minister when he appears in court next month.

The anti-apartheid struggle veteran says he will be by Gordhan's side, hopefully with other board members of his foundation, during the first court appearance on 2 November.

Kathrada says he hopes he will be joined by the likes of Barbara Hogan, Kgalema Motlanthe, Max Sisulu and Derek Hanekom when he goes to court next month to support the finance minister.

The foundation's Neeshan Balton says the stalwart will be at every court appearance.

"Mr Kathrada has offered to walk with Mr Gordhan into the court room because the National Treasury has really come to symbolize the fight against corruption in this country. And for that and that alone, he deserves all the support that is required."

The foundation has called on South Africans to demonstrate their moral support for Gordhan, emphasising that he shouldn't be put under pressure to resign as he stands for clean governance and it believes in his integrity.

Health NGO Section 27 says it's asking African National Congress (ANC) leaders to refuse to obey any political orders to take part in a process of sanitising the removal of Gordhan.

The organisation is asking people to show their support for Gordhan, when he appears in court along with former South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Oupa Magashula and former deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay in November.

On Tuesday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it issued a summons for a charge of fraud, relating to the pension payout given to Pillay.

Section 27 says ANC leaders should obey their conscience and demonstrate their loyalty to the Constitution by refusing to allow Gordhan to be removed from office.

The groups says these are not ordinary rule of law issues but amount to an abuse of the law.

The organisation's director Mark Heywood says: "Reckless endangerment of the future of this country and it's reckless endangerment more importantly of millions of people who are vulnerable to deeper poverty, to job losses and to rising food prices."

The group also says the fact NPA head Shaun Abrahams held a press conference to announce the charges shows this is a bid to humiliate Gordhan.