President Jacob Zuma has thrown his weight behind embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but said he could not intervene in the matter.
The presidency said in a statement this morning that Zuma “wishes to express his full support and confidence in the minister of finance and emphasises the fact that the Minister has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing”.
He acknowledged, however, that the Hawks investigation into Gordhan and other SA Revenue Services (Sars) officials did have repercussions.
“The negative effect of these matters on our economy, personal pressure on the individuals affected as well as the heads of institutions, however disturbing, cannot be cause for the president to intervene unconstitutionally,” the presidency said.
“The broader speculation linking these investigations to government and state-owned institutions are equally unhelpful, and they are also false and misleading,” it said.