Mosebenzi Zwane rallies behind Pravin Gordhan

The mineral resources minister says challenges currently facing SA require soberness from everyone.

FILE: Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture:  AFP.

BOKSBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says he supports Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who faces fraud charges next Wednesday.

Speaking to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the South African Veterans Association national general council, Zwane said colleagues in government must support each other.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his moral and political support for Gordhan, along with ministers including Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor.

Minister Zwane was asked if he also supports the finance minister.

“I work with him, whenever he has problems we normally support each other. I also believe in this case there will be no difference.”

He was also asked if he agrees with Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphastsoe that the Hawks and NPA are being targeted.

“There is a lot of noise that will not take us anywhere, so I believe we should refuse to be drawn into these petty issues.”

He says challenges currently facing the country require soberness from everyone.