Pravin Gordhan faces imminent arrest
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could face imminent arrest after he publicly disobeyed an order from the crime elite unit – The Hawks.
The Hawks summoned Gordhan and four other former SARS officials to appear at its offices today to obtain a warning statement.
However, the Minister issued a statement yesterday to say he has been advised by his lawyers that he is under no legal obligation to do this and will, therefore, not report at the Hawks offices or meet with them.
The matter is now likely to be handed over to either the NPA or the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
Meanwhile the EFF has advised minister Gordhan to cooperate with the Hawks.
The party says his decision should not be seen to defy institutions of the state, as this will render them useless.
At the same time, civil society and church groups are expected to hold a vigil outside the Hawks offices in Pretoria this morning in support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS officials.
Section 27 activists says there’s a clear pattern of harassment of the finance minister and, unless proven otherwise, it is a political campaign.