Mantashe warns ANC structures not to get involve in Gordhan-Hawks matter

The African National Congress (ANC) has warned all its structures no to get involved in the battle between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the involvement of its structures in this battle conveys confusion to the public, making them doubt the ANC’s position in the matter.

“All structures of the ANC, including the Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), should not enter the fray as they contribute to the cacophony of noise, which promotes general confusion, and the perception of a politically motivated persecution,” said Mantashe.

On Monday, MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said the whole Gordhan-Hawks matter is a well orchestrated and deliberate attack at the Unit.

“The Hawks is but one of those institutions created by an act of parliament to enforce the law. Why then is the Hawks not being given the same affection, protection and support in the latest investigation? Is it because it is investigating the finance minister, among other persons?” questioned Maphatsoe.

Mantashe said the ANC hasn’t changed its stance on the matter, he added they are behind the Minister.

“Our position remains unchanged; all parties to the dispute are encouraged to cooperate in the investigation,” he said.

Former Finance Minister,Speaking as MKMVA Treasure-General Van Rooyen said Gordhan was using the media to gain sympathy on this whole issue.

“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.

Mantashe agreed with Van Rooyen and said the matter will continue proving to be impasse if it keeps debated in the public domain.

“We do however caution them against taking a public posture that seems to isolate them from the rest of government and position them as victims to be protected by society. Our position remains unchanged; all parties to the dispute are encouraged to cooperate in the investigation. This matter serves no one by being debated in the public domain,” said Mantashe.

He then urged both parties to deal amicably with the issue away from the public glare.

By Senzile Kubheka

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