SACP stands by Gordhan

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has joined the African National Congress (ANC) and churches in coming out in support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as his fight with SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane intensifies, threatening the stability of the rand.

The acrimony has led to calls on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate claims that the fight has pitched the president and Gordhan in opposing camps.

Gordhan is being probed by the Hawks for his alleged involvement in a rogue unit when he was SARS commissioner.

“As the SACP we call on calm heads to prevail within government and across our movement. The reckless role of shadowy forces to subvert sensitive strategic public institutions for entirely unpatriotic ends while the economy stands on the brink must be immediately halted,” says SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande.

The SACP has also joined the government calling on universities to take tough action against criminal elements spurring violent protests. This follows intensified protests on several campuses last week, blamed on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) aligned students.

The party says those who destroy property should be held to account. It has also called for what it called vigilance against anti-white chauvinism.

“The university management need to take decisive action against elements bent on turning higher education campuses into sites of violence and vandalism. We cannot tolerate destruction of property and threat to lives and we call on the SAPS to protect the lives of students, staff and workers. Criminal actions must have consequences,” says Deputy Chairperson Thulas Nxesi.



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