National 26.8.2016 06:15 am

‘Reckless’ Hawks using Hollywood-style tactics – Cosatu

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

‘They should operate in a manner that does not raise questions about their motive,’ says the trade union federation.

Labour giant Cosatu has hit out at the Hawks, accusing the unit of Hollywood-style tactics and saying it is “reckless” in its investigations. Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pumla told The Citizen yesterday that the Hawks were not above the law.

“They should operate in a manner that does not raise questions about their motive,” Pumla said. “Our economy is going to be badly affected by the recklessness on their part,” Pumla added, referring to the Hawks’ investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Pumla said the trade union federation had confidence in the constitution and democratic institutions. “If there is prima facie evidence, law enforcement agencies must do their work,” Pumla said. “We should give them space to do their work.”

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) called on Gordhan not to “panic” and said it “trusts” him. The league’s national spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize, said: “Those that are investigating must continue with their investigations and he must continue to do his work. “We trust him like any other minister that is deployed by the ANC in government.”

 

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