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Gordhan says 'don’t care attitude’ has allowed leaders to act with impunity

Gordhan was speaking on Tuesday's meeting of Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee, on which he serves as an African National Congress members of parliament (MPs).

FILE: Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the 2017 Budget media briefing in Cape Town on 22 February 2017. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has questioned whether a "don't care attitude" has driven the country to the point where people can act without fear of any consequences.

Gordhan was speaking during Tuesday's meeting of Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee, on which he serves as an African National Congress member of parliament (MP).

He was responding to briefings by the South African Council of Churches, lobby group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the university-based state capacity project, all of which have issued reports on state capture.

“There is a point where the ‘don’t care’ factor with something has reached proportions where it allows people involved in these activities to act with extreme virtual impunity. In other words, you ‘can’t catch me.’”

Gordhan also raised the damage done to the economy.

“Lots of economic bearing, jobs, investment, confidence, trust, growth of businesses, the monopolising of billions of rands in small circles and things spread among many, many economic growth whereas we could be developing small and medium-size businesses instead of just feeding a couple of hungry mouths.”

Gordhan was sacked by President Jacob Zuma at the end of march.

The committee is preparing for its inquiry into Eskom’s governance and procurement practices.