- Pravin Gordhan has responded to attacks on his daughter by saying she never did business with the state
- He said that all of her directorships were not in her personal capacity, but on behalf of her employer, Investec
- He reiterated that anyone with evidence of any wrongdoing should present themselves to the commission
Minister Pravin Gordhan has responded to allegations put forward by the EFF regarding his daughter. The minister went before the commission of inquiry and told them his daughter, Anisha did not benefit in any way from government tenders.
The allegations stemmed from a statement put out by the EFF on Tuesday after Pravin Gordhan began testifying at the state capture inquiry on Monday.
“The EFF will expose all the dealings of Anisha Gordhan, and demonstrate that like Duduzane Zuma, she used her father’s proximity to score state tenders, except she did not work with the Guptas, she worked with those who benefited from apartheid,” the statement reads.
“ My daughter has not done business with the state” Gordhan said, adding that the allegations were a “blatant lie”.
During closing remarks the minister went on to say that the directorships his daughter held were in her personal capacity but rather on behalf of Investec, where she was employed between 2007 and 2017.
Pravin Gordhan implored with his critics to engage with him personally and not to choose “vulnerable” targets.
“If there are political objectives that anyone wants to achieve, well come to me and direct your attention to me and I will answer for anything that I will have to answer for,” he said.
He then repeated his initial response to the situation by asking anyone with any evidence implicating him to present themselves to the commission.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have staged protests outside of the commission inquiry every day that Pravin Gordhan has protested, joined by BLF( Black First Land First) supporters.
EFF leader Julius Malema has also landed himself in hot water after violating the legal framework for the commission by insulting Advocate Paul Pretorius. This act may lead to the leader either being fined or sentenced to prison.
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