Cyril Ramaphosa comes out in support of Pravin Gordhan
The deputy president has offered his moral and political support to the finance minister.
CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has offered his moral and political support to F inance Minister Pravin Gordhan in view of the legal processes unfolding around him, as Gordhan prepares to deliver the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.
In a statement, Ramaphosa says events of the past few days have been of concern to many South Africans across all sectors of society.
Ramaphosa says as a member of the National Executive, he supports Gordhan as he faces charges brought against him by the National Prosecuting Authority.
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He says the current situation facing the country requires all South Africans to demonstrate unity in defence of constitutional values, and the objective of setting South Africa on a path of sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Ramaphosa has called on all involved to conduct themselves in ways that will maintain South Africa's good reputation internationally.
He says the forthcoming budget statement, later this month, is an important opportunity to assess economic conditions in the country to reassure the investor community that South Africa remains a preferred destination for investment.
He says the interests of the country must be put first.
This comes as Gordhan said in court documents that members of the Gupta family, including companies they control, have been involved in suspicious transactions worth R6.8 billion.
The Daily Maverick and the Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism say the documents were lodged in a court, and show a series of transactions that were reported by the Financial Intelligence Centre.
Gordhan says that it's possibly because of these transactions that the banks decided they would not continue their relationships with the Guptas.
Meanwhile, _ News24 is reporting that Ajay Gupta_ has brushed off the reports which implicate his family.
According to the report, Gupta denied that his family or any of their businesses were involved in dubious transactions.
"I really don't know much about the papers (filed by Gordhan), but I can tell you that there is zero chance that any of those payments could have been suspicious in any way," said Gupta.
This new information could put the Gupta family under more pressure amid claims they have been involved in a bid to capture the state.
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Additional reporting by Stephen Grootes.