The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) notes with deep concern the latest attack on the Minister of Finance by elements in the country’s law enforcement community.

To pretend that these events are the result of the disinterested application of the law by police officers acting “without fear, favour or prejudice” (as the Constitution demands of them) to the facts is self-evidently misconceived.

It is, instead, a politically motivated attempt to discredit the Minister of Finance and to create a seemingly rational basis for removing Mr Gordhan from office. This would then lead to the installation of someone less likely to obstruct the capturing of the state by a small coterie of dishonest businesspeople and compromised politicians.

If these efforts are successful, the resulting loss of confidence in the direction of the country would be justified, with dire consequences for our economy and much more.

Nothing in the public domain suggests that there is any merit to the “case” being made against Mr Gordhan.

We urge leaders from all sectors of society to call not just for an end to the unjustified persecution of Mr Gordhan, but for an enquiry into the conduct and motivations of the senior officials involved in this “investigation”.


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The CDE is an independent policy research and advocacy organisation. It is one of South Africa’s leading development think tanks, focusing on critical development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. Through examining South African realities and international experience, CDE formulates practical policy proposals outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges.