Trea­sury tells Gup­tas to lay off Gord­han

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MO­GO­MOTSI MAGOME

THE TREA­SURY has told the Gupta fam­ily to stop its me­dia cam­paign against Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han, fol­low­ing a week of sus­tained re­sponses in the me­dia to his af­fi­davit de­tail­ing their trans­ac­tions to­talling R6.8 bil­lion.

This week the Gup­tas re­sponded through me­dia state­ments that the Trea­sury claims con­tained con­tra­dic­tions.

It was a tur­bu­lent week for the con­tro­ver­sial fam­ily’s Oak­bay In­vest­ments: Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han’s rev­e­la­tions about trans­ac­tions flagged as sus­pi­cious by the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre were fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tion of com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive Nazeem Howa.

The com­pany’s lawyers were ex­pected to file their re­spond­ing af­fi­davit to Gord­han’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a declara­tory or­der that he was not legally obliged to in­ter­vene in their dis­putes with the ma­jor banks.

Gord­han’s court bat­tle with Oak­bay over his ap­pli­ca­tion comes ahead of a show­down in court with the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA).

These have also caused rup­tures within the ANC, with the ANC in North West urg­ing him yes­ter­day “not to be­have in a man­ner that casts as­per­sion on law en­force­ment agen­cies and other state or­gans”.

The ANC in North West, un­der the lead­er­ship of pro­vin­cial chair­man and Pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo, has been crit­i­cal of Gord­han and are known to be staunch sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Zuma.

“Com­rade Gord­han un­der­stands that he re­mains in­no­cent un­til and un­less proven other­wise, and should co-op­er­ate with law en­force­ment agen­cies,” the party said yes­ter­day af­ter its ex­tended pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Dakota Le­goete, none of the prov­ince’s struc­tures will par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port Gord­han when he ap­pears in court on Novem­ber 2.

“We will only do so if there is a de­ci­sion of the col­lec­tive of the NEC (na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee) in this re­gard.”

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