S.A's Finance Minister responds to request to present himself to Hawks

STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF FINANCE
I confirm that on 22 August 2016, my attorneys received a letter from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (“the HAWKS”) requesting that I present myself at their offices on 25 August 2016, at 14h00 in order that a warning statement may be obtained from me.
I have since taken legal counsel and my response through my attorneys to the letter by the HAWKS together with my statement are attached. I am advised that I am under no legal obligation to present myself to the HAWKS as directed in their letter. I have decided not to do so for the following considerations:
1. I was advised in no uncertain terms by the Head of the HAWKS, General Ntlemeza, in his letter of 20 May 2016, in response to my attorney’s enquiry, that I am not a suspect in the HAWKS’ investigation.
2. I have provided a comprehensive account of matters which the HAWKS had raised in their 27 questions on 18 May 2016.
3. I am advised by my legal team that the assertions of law made by the HAWKS in their letter of 21 August 2016 are wholly unfounded on any version of the facts. There are two matters raised by the HAWKS and these are contravention of the National Strategic Intelligence Act, 39 of 1994 (“the Intelligence Act”) as well as Sections 34 and 81 (2) of the Public Finance Management Act, 1 of 1999 (“PFMA”).
These alleged contraventions are dealt with in detail in my attorneys’ attached letter. Suffice it to say they advise that the alleged charges are wholly unfounded.
I therefore, do not intend to present myself for a warning statement for many considerations, both legal and given my other commitments. I remain committed to assist the HAWKS in any bonafide investigation as stated in my statement.
I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can. Let me do my job.
Issued on behalf of the Ministry of Finance
Date: 24 August 2016

 

Related Content

Lagos doctors embark on 3-day warning strike

The Medical Guild in Lagos in on a three day warning strike to call attention to the need for improved safety and welfare among other factors. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, Chairman, Lagos Medical Guild.

UK economy risks shrinking 14% this year, budget forecasters warn

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy could shrink by more than 14% this year and government borrowing risks approaching 400 billion pounds ($500...

South Africa to introduce universal income grant – minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will introduce a universal basic income grant, the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Monday,...

COVID-19 lock-down: Why the Black Business Council supports alcohol ban

The South Africa government has reinstated an alcohol ban and has made adjustments to travel restrictions under level 3 lock-down, in the hope of taking strain off from the healthcare sector and further reopening the economy. Joining CNBC Africa for more is the Black Business Council Treasurer General, Bonolo Ramokhele.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC AFRICA delivered to your inbox

More from CNBC Africa

Lagos doctors embark on 3-day warning strike

The Medical Guild in Lagos in on a three day warning strike to call attention to the need for improved safety and welfare among other factors. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, Chairman, Lagos Medical Guild.

UK economy risks shrinking 14% this year, budget forecasters warn

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy could shrink by more than 14% this year and government borrowing risks approaching 400 billion pounds ($500...

South Africa to introduce universal income grant – minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will introduce a universal basic income grant, the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Monday,...

COVID-19 lock-down: Why the Black Business Council supports alcohol ban

The South Africa government has reinstated an alcohol ban and has made adjustments to travel restrictions under level 3 lock-down, in the hope of taking strain off from the healthcare sector and further reopening the economy. Joining CNBC Africa for more is the Black Business Council Treasurer General, Bonolo Ramokhele.

Partner Content

Tata International concludes a securitization transaction for its African Subsidiaries

UAE financial centers act as a gateway to benefit African businesses GCC, July 13th, 2020: Tata International Limited (TIL)...

Uber launches its largest region-wide initiative in partnership with Mastercard

Uber, in partnership with Mastercard to provide 120,000 free trips to frontline workers in MEA, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast...

Trending Now

How Rwanda is leveraging technology in the fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for digital solutions across various industries, especially in the health sector. Among different innovations, the Government launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19, in a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients....

Egypt’s nominee for WTO top job speaks on the state of global trade

Eight candidates are going head-to-head for the top position at the World Trade Organisation with nominations coming from the United Kingdom, Mexico, Moldova, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and three entries from Africa. Egypt’s nominee for the top job, Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Senior Counsel at King and Spalding LLP joined CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor and Godfrey Mutizwa to discuss the state of global trade....

Nigerian virus hunters in race against COVID-19 in Africa’s giant

LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) - Early one evening, Folasade Fadare and her team of four disease hunters piled into a van and headed for...

Nigeria presents new evidence in P&ID case

Nigeria has upped its move to overturn an arbitration award against it worth almost $10 billion in favour of Process & Industrial Developments. Nigeria’s lawyers told the online court it found new evidence of payments from companies related to P&ID to Vera Taiga, the daughter of the chief lawyer for Nigeria’s Petroleum Ministry at the time. Sam Chidoka, Managing Director and CEO of Kairos Capital joins CNBC Africa for more.
- Advertisement -