President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son Edward Zuma has reportedly expressed his disgust at Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s ‘victim’ mentality and accused him of having state capture ‘masters’ after the minister’s refusal to present himself to the Hawks on Thursday for a warning statement.
News24 is reporting that Zuma is said to be appalled that Gordhan – who has been accused of establishing a covert unit at Sars that allegedly spied on his father during his tenure as commissioner – is under the influence of ‘real state capturers’ who were abusing government employee funds.
He berated Gordhan for failing to act by example by respecting one of the country’s law enforcement agencies tasked with probing serious crimes. He said his father had faced criminal charges in the past and might likely endure criminal charges in future too.
“One is very perturbed by the behaviour and sheer arrogance that Pravin Gordhan is displaying in the Hawks/Sars issue,” Zuma said in a statement.
The statement reportedly also reads: “I would have expected him to be an example on the matter, especially because he has all of a sudden become the darling of the white monopoly capital.”
Edward also had a warning for Gordhan’s supporters, saying they did not want him to face the music because it would supposedly collapse the local economy.
“Let’s not be fooled by the so-called ‘rating agencies’ in that the rand will crumble because of the super minister, Gordhan. If he’s clean then [he must] stop panicking as if he’s hiding something.”
Gordhan’s backers, retired judge Johann Kriegler and human-rights lawyer George Bizos, were not spared from Edward’s criticism.
He said of them: “They want to lead us astray. People must stop talking bad about the ANC.’’