- Pravin Gordhan has been in the spotlight, namely due to his legal battle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has come out in strong defence of the Public Enterprises Minister
- Ramaphosa told Parliament that he had appointed Gordhan because he is a committed man with integrity
President Cyril Ramaphosa has come out in defence of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Ramaphosa, speaking during a debate on his budget vote, gave Gordhan his unequivocal support, insisting he had been appointed because he is a man of 'commitment and integrity'.
Briefly.co.za reported that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had recently released adverse findings against Gordhan, placing Ramaphosa in the midst of a legal battle to retain his minister.
Ramaphosa had made these comments on the back of Julius Malema's call for Gordhan to step down until he had dealt with the findings against him.
Ramaphosa insists that Gordhan has a critical role to play in Cabinet, commenting that:
"I have appointed him to a critical and demanding position in Cabinet because I know him to be a person of commitment and integrity. He has endured and withstood extreme pressure, both under apartheid and in the democratic era. He's been under pressure to abandon principle and to forsake his responsibility to this nation."
However, Ramaphosa made it clear that all are equal before the law, but maintained that everyone has the right to go to court in order to defend themself:
"If Minister Gordhan or any member of this administration has anything to answer for they must be held to account, without exception. They must, yes, be hauled before any court and they must go and answer. I will be saying to him to go and answer before a court of law. But allow that determination to be made by an appropriate judicial institution, after due process. Let the law take its course."
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