Gordhan pens letter of thanks to SA, calls for unity

Pravin Gordhan.

In his letter, Gordhan urged citizens to work towards realising the country’s constitutional values.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has published a letter thanking South Africans from “all walks of life and organisations” that provided him and his family active support during his public spat with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the elite police serious crime fighting unit, the Hawks.

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Gordhan said he was humbled by the support he received after NPA head Advocate Shaun Abrahams withdrew fraud charges against him along with former SA Revenue Service (Sars) officials Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay on Monday.

The letter was also read out during Save South Africa’s People’s Assembly Against State Capture on Wednesday to religious leaders‚ business leaders and civil society groups who have criticised the charges as politically motivated.

On Friday morning Abrahams faced a barrage of questions from MPs in Parliament over the decision to institute the charges against the trio. He has also come under fire for the botched prosecution, with calls for him to resign from office.

But Abrahams said on Monday at a media briefing to announce the dropping of the charges and court summons that he owed nobody an apology and would not step down from his post, although he admitted the prosecution was a “blunder”.

Gordhan’s letter:

On behalf of my family and myself‚ I wish to thank fellow South Africans from all walks of life and organisations who have provided us with active support and continue to do so. We are humbled.

Like many‚ I am a son of the congress movement‚ the African National Congress and the congress alliance. I was taught the values of democracy and social justice in the Freedom Charter.

The Preamble of our Constitution calls on all of us to:

  • “Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values‚ social justice and fundamental human rights‚“ and‚
  • “Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law”

We have made tremendous progress in all aspects as a young democracy. But we have much more to do – in unity.

Hope‚ resilience and active involvement will enable us to overcome poverty‚ unemployment and inequality – and any form of injustice and unfairness. Ours is the formidable task of inclusively transforming our economy – providing jobs and skills for our youth‚ opportunities for entrepreneurs and a decent and dignified life to all South Africans.

President Nelson Mandela reminds us‚ “I dare not linger‚ for my long walk is not yet ended.”

Once again‚ our most sincere and deepest appreciation for your active support. Ke a leboga. Ke a leboha. Ngiyabonga. Enkosi. Ngiyathokoza. Dankie.

The letter is signed: “Pravin Gordhan and family.”

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