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Zuma can't intefere with the work of independent institutions, says presidency

The presidency says it would be improper for President Jacob Zuma to intervene in the public debacle involving Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks.

Gordhan has faced investigation for his alleged role in the creation of a controversial unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The presidency doesn't get involved in decisions about who should be investigated and who should be prosecuted. It would be improper if he were to interfere with the work of independent institutions.

Bongani Ngqulunga, Presidency Spokesperson

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga dismissed claims that there is war between Zuma and Gordhan over the control of the National Treasury.

He insists that the decision for Zuma to choose Gordhan for a second Cabinet term demonstrates his confidence in the minister.

The claims are completely untrue. As we have said on many occasions, President Zuma has a good working relationship with the minister.

Bongani Ngqulunga, Presidency Spokesperson

On Sunday, the Hawks denied reports that the investigation has been transferred to another part of the force.

EWN's Barry Bateman explains that reports claimed that the police crime intelligence unit was better resourced to investigate the case.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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