The list of 27 questions sent to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan ahead of his budget speech last week have cast a dark shadow over the integrity of state institutions.
702/CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi on Monday spoke to veteran journalist Sam Sole for a broader perspective on the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
On a broad canvas, this is about state capture... It's something that Minister Gordhan has referred to and some other people have referred to.— Sam Sole, veteran journalist
There has been an attempt to gain control of key state institutions and have them operate in the interests of private people and political factions. The Treasury was essentially the last domino in this process.— Sam Sole, veteran journalist
We should not think that the president and his friends have given up the fight. The notion that the president can't intervene assumes that he hasn't intervened already in a particular way.— Sam Sole, veteran journalist
The people going after Gordhan don't really care if there's a strong case or not. They want something to smear him and undermine him with in order for him to step down.— Sam Sole, veteran journalist
The objective of gaining control of Treasury remains... If you look at the questions themselves, they look like questions that might be drafted by a journalist rather than a lawyer or top policeman.— Sam Sole, veteran journalist