Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president Floyd Shivambu has suggested that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan should face the same consequences as former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene for not revealing that he had met with the controversial Gupta brothers.
Nene handed in his resignation to President Cyril Ramaphosa following his testimony at the state capture inquiry early last month which revealed that he had lied about not meeting the Guptas.
Replying to a tweet by user @AldrinSampear who questions how “Gordhan’s non-disclosure” to parliament that he had met the Guptas is different to Nene’s, Shivambu tweets: “Actually, Pravin lied to parliament…”
The EFF leader adds that this “lie” is “in violation of [the] Executive Ethics Code, which is legislatively enforced by the Public Protector [Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane]”.
“There can’t be different standards for different folks. Never,” Shivambu says, after noting in his tweet that Nene had “lied” to a news broadcaster about meeting the Guptas.
Actually Pravin Gordhan lied to Parliament and that’s in violation of Executive Ethics Code, which is legislatively enforced by the @PublicProtector and Nhlanhla Nene lied to @eNCA that he never met the Guptas. There can’t be different standards for for different folks. Never! https://t.co/y7xoVep2uB
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) November 8, 2018
The user Shivambu was replying to had shared a section of Gordhan’s sworn affidavit to the commission of inquiry into state capture which was leaked to the media.
In the affidavit, Gordhan states: “I wish to refer the Commission to Annexure 27, which is my response a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance.
“It is apparent in my written response that I do not make mention of the 2010 meeting with Mr Ambani of the Reliance Group, which a Gupta brother may not have attended.
“This is simply because, at the time of submitting the written response, I had no recollection of the 2010 meeting with Mr Ambani.”
I’ve so many asks re-Gordhan’s #StateCapture affidavit. But let’s keep to 1 for now. How’s this revelation different to Nene’s?
Gordhan’s non-disclosure was done in Parliament. Could he have preempted that someone would lead evidence in the commission that “you met them twice?” pic.twitter.com/3uM3N22n0Q
— Aldrin Sampear (@AldrinSampear) November 8, 2018
The EFF claimed that Tiso Blackstar, the media conglomerate BusinessLive is owned by, are Gordhan’s “propagandists” who are seeking to drive a narrative absolving Gordhan of what they claim is his complicity in state capture.
(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)