27 NOVEMBER 2018 – The actions by Messrs Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and others to lodge criminal charges against Minister Pravin Gordhan and his daughter today is a flagrant abuse of the criminal justice system.
Their so-called 'charge sheet' is baseless, containing a set of lies, fake news and fabrications.
It is simply their latest attack on the continuing efforts to combat corruption and theft in State Owned Companies and other public institutions.
The facts are: before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry last week and under oath, Minister Gordhan denied that he has a bank account in Canada. He also explained that his daughter has not derived any financial benefit from government business, nor conducted any business with a state organ.
Today's actions by the EFF leadership are the politics of distraction. Corruption is the real enemy in South Africa. What the public should be asking those who launch these attacks are: what are you hiding and why are you so desperate to distract the public?
The content of the 'charge sheet' or 'indictment' is false, defamatory and malicious and has been disseminated publicly with the specific objective of causing injury to the reputations and integrity of Minister Gordhan and his family.
Minister Gordhan and his family reserve their rights to pursue any civil actions for damages arising out of these malevolent and defamatory allegations. In particular, the following must be recorded:
" I have not yet found why the creation and existence of the unit was said to have been unlawful, which is how it was consistently and uncritically depicted. I find no reason why the establishment and existence of the unit was indeed unlawful, and I am supported in that opinion given to [SARS Commissioner Mr Tom] Moyane in late 2015."
The disinformation campaign by Messrs Malema, Shivambu and the EFF, the public attacks on Minister Gordhan, his family, the threats and attacks on journalists, the Zondo Commission of Inquiry and anyone fighting or exposing corruption, are signs of a dangerous descent towards populism, political intolerance, racism and an assault on our democracy.