Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan says the Hawks and those who allegedly instruct them have no regard for
the economic welfare of millions of South Africans.
He has slammed reports in the
Sunday Independent that the Hawks sent him a letter demanding that he respond
to their questions this afternoon about a South African Revenue Service unit he
allegedly helped to create.
Gordhan spent last week
speaking to foreign investors about the country’s economy as ratings agencies
consider downgrading South Africa’s investment rating, and is due to speak
publicly about that trip this morning.
Gordhan says he was surprised
to see reports that Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza sent him this letter, because
he hasn't received it.
He claims the leaking of this
document is an intimidator tactic like those that were used by the security
police during apartheid.
Gordhan says his lawyers had
already told Ntlemeza that he could not respond by the deadline because he was
overseas speaking to investors.
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