Two political camps emerge in tug-of war between Pravin and the Hawks

The African National Congress (ANC) and SA Communist Party (SACP) have thrown their weight behind Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, as tensions grow between the Hawks and Gordhan.

Gordhan on Tuesday responded to reports that he would be arrested by the Hawks, after answering 27 questions regarding the operations of an alleged South African Revenue Services (SARS) rogue unit.

702's John Robbie spoke to EWN reporter, Stephen Grootes, in an attempt to understand the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

There's a group around President Zuma, who are called the Premier League. Then you have Gordhan, Jonas and SACP, and I think Gwede Mantashe is with Gordhan, all based on what he's said.

Stephen Grootes, EWN senior reporter

When Mcebisi Jonas was offered the job of Finance Minister by the Gupta family and rejected it, I'm sure that the first (person) he called was his wife or Gwede Mantashe. So when Nhlanhla Nene was fired, it wasn't a surprise to Gwede.

Stephen Grootes, EWN senior reporter

There are political machinations. People were expecting this. They had their powder dry. The other side was ready to move when Des van Rooyen was appointed and that explains why there was such a quick turn-around.

Stephen Grootes, EWN reporter

Growing tensions between Gordhan and the Hawks come amid increasing concern on state capture by the Gupta family, who are accused of benefiting from their close relationship with President Jacob Zuma.

Nobody trusts the police to investigate a political crime properly and to do it neutrally, and the reason for that is nobody trusts the Hawks and Berning Ntlemeza is a liar.

Stephen Grootes, EWN senior reporter
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