JOHANNESBURG – Des Van Rooyen says Pravin Gordhan should subject himself to the Hawks’ probe as he is not above the law.
Van Rooyen, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister, was speaking in his capacity as a top member of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).
He said the finance minister should stop seeking public sympathy through the media.
Van Rooyen was Finance Minister for four days in December last year, until markets’ negative reception of him forced President Jacob to replace him with Gordhan.
“What we are arguing here is that, if you are given an opportunity to respond through state institutions, why then run to the media and give responses through the media? That is in our take, trying to take the matter which is supposed to be processed within appropriately established state institutions to the public,” Van Rooyen said.
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MKMVA leader Kebby Maphatsoe said.“There’ve been media briefings by Minister Pravin Gordhan, I don’t remember well, but there was a statement that he made that people should rise up to defend him, because there are people who are about to loot the money of the people. And that shows you that this is a person who’s running away from something and is trying to get something to protect him.
And the easiest or simplest thing that he’s supposed to do, is just to go and answer on those allegations to the Hawks,”
The other reason the MKMVA had decided to go public was to protect the image of Zuma.
“We are not comfortable with the linkage of the President to this investigation. Because the fact of the matter is that these investigations were instituted independently by Sars under the leadership of National Treasury. So it can’t be correct that all of a sudden it’s the President who must carry the blame as if he started this investigation,” said van Rooyen.
The veterans said they’re aware of a movement to occupy Luthuli House over the Gordhan issue.
The vets warned that they will be on guard to defend the ANC headquarters.