National 25.8.2016 02:37 pm

DA calls for urgent parly debate over Gordhan-Hawks war

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: SAPA

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: SAPA

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says parliament needs to debate the ‘witch-hunt’ against Gordhan.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for an urgent parliamentary debate over the standoff between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), better known as the Hawks.

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The leader of the official opposition Mmusi Maimane has reportedly written to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete requesting the debate to be scheduled as soon as possible.

“The clear danger is that‚ if Parliament fails in its obligation to hold members of the executive to account‚ it would be derelict in its constitutional duty,’’ Maimane was quoted by Timeslive.

The party has described the public spat that has sent the local currency stumbling and the markets nervous, as a “witchhunt’’ against Gordhan. It also says the events could result into economic ruin that could hurt all citizens.

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Maimane has also accused President Jacob Zuma of ”single-handedly” attempting to capture the National Treasury.

Meanwhile on Thursday afternoon Zuma’s office issued a statement expressing confidence and full support in Gordhan. Spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said the minister has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing.

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