No rift between Zuma and Gordhan: Presidency

Former deputy Sars Commissioner Ivan Pillay and the former head of a specialist unit Johan van Loggerenberg are currently answering questions under warning at Hawks headquarters in Tshwane.

Earlier this week it emerged the Hawks demanded that finance minister Pravin Gordhan present himself to answer questions along with Pillay and Van Loggerenberg, after the unit said it was investigating a rogue unit set up while Gordhan was SARS commissioner.

The Hawks have also said they believe an offense was committed because he approved a payout for Pillay. Gordhan has refused to present himself, saying no offense has been committed with regard to the setting up of this unit, and that he was not the Commissioner of Sars when the decision to make the payout to Pillay was made.

Today the presidency has issued a statement saying the president does not have the authority to stop an investigation into any person.

Spokesperson for president Jacob Zuma, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga joined Stephen Grootes on The Midday Report on the line from Tshwane.

The President has made it clear he has full support in the minister and confidence in the minister, and that the minister has not been found guilty of any wrong-doing... but we emphasise that President Zuma... does not have any power to stop an investigation into any individual.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Spokesperson for The Presidency

Ngqulunga says the Hawks are an independent institution. President Zuma does not appoint the head of the Hawks, he added, when asked by Grootes if Berning Ntlemeza was a 'fit and 'proper person to lead the unit.

He denies there is any conflict between the president and the finance minister.

It's President Zuma who appointed him in the first place, and then reappointed him again, and they have been working very closely together.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Spokesperson for The Presidency

Any suggestion that there is a rift between the president and finance minister is false

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Spokesperson for The Presidency

Ngqulunga stated that the people of South Africa have shown their trust in President Zuma.

President Zuma has been elected by South Africa's people not once, but twice.

Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, Spokesperson for The Presidency

He says the president has acted in accordance with the Constitution.

Ngqulunga reiterated that Zuma was in no way involved in the decision to investigate Gordhan.

Listen to the full interview below:

Read More
Mbete unlikely to opt for secret ballot - Richard Calland

Mbete unlikely to opt for secret ballot - Richard Calland

An open vote would likely be taken on review and delay process beyond December ANC elective conference, making the judgment moot.

"ConCourt hinted strongly that a secret ballot would be the wisest decision"

"ConCourt hinted strongly that a secret ballot would be the wisest decision"

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos analyses the ConCourt ruling that Parliamentary Speaker Mbete can hold a secret ballot.

Eskom appoints Johnny Dladla as acting CEO

Eskom appoints Johnny Dladla as acting CEO

Eskom board believe that Dladla’s experience and expertise will stabilise the parastatal the short-term.

WATCH LIVE: Zuma faces grilling over state capture, SA's recession

WATCH LIVE: Zuma faces grilling over state capture, SA's recession

President Jacob Zuma will respond to his detractors when he answers questions about state capture and more in Parliament today.

[Listen] The full secret ballot ConCourt ruling by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

[Listen] The full secret ballot ConCourt ruling by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Chief Justice rules that Speaker in Parliament Baleka Mbete has the power to decide on a secret ballot in Zuma no-confidence vote.

[WATCH] ConCourt delivers secret ballot decision

[WATCH] ConCourt delivers secret ballot decision

ConCourt delivers its ruling on UDM's application to allow a secret ballot in Parliament in Zuma no-confidence vote.

Popular articles
Two dogs allegedly jumped a fence, viciously attacked 3 year old and her grandpa

Two dogs allegedly jumped a fence, viciously attacked 3 year old and her grandpa

The two dogs belong to the family's neighbour are believed to be a rottweiler and pit-bull.

5 facts about the new SA number plates being implemented this year

5 facts about the new SA number plates being implemented this year

No official date has been set for the roll out of SA's new number plate legislation, but here's what you need to know so long.

In case you hadn't noticed, Cape Town feels freezing cold (and here's why)

In case you hadn't noticed, Cape Town feels freezing cold (and here's why)

Capetonians are pulling out hot water bottles and mittens as a cold front is predicted to make landfall on Thursday morning.

Ntsiki Mazwai gets behind 24 hour social media boycott #DataMustFall

Ntsiki Mazwai gets behind 24 hour social media boycott #DataMustFall

Ntsiki Mazwai is asking South Africans to stay off social media on Wednesday in a #DataMustFall campaign.

CAPS is killing teachers passion - caller

CAPS is killing teachers passion - caller

CapeTalk caller says Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) is not good for South Africa's education system.