The lawyer representing Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says criminal charges laid against the minister, by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), are outrageous.
EFF leader Julius Malema laid the charges against Gordhan at the Brooklyn police station on Tuesday morning.
Among the complaints Malema has laid, are racketeering and money laundering. Malema claims these relate to a bank account in Canada in which taxpayers were allegedly told to deposit funds into in order to make their difficulties with the South African Revenue Service go away.
Gordhan's lawyer Tebogo Malatji joined Karima Brown on her show to respond to some of the allegations.
Lo and behold, who is the account holder according to their own allegations? The said initial of the said Gordhan is an R and we all know R is not part of Mr Gordhan's initials. The account holder doesn't even match his names.— Tebogo Malatji, Pravin Gordhan's lawyer
This account was allegedly set up so that South African tax payers can deposit money into it. Guess what? We have one of the most sophisticated banking systems in the world. So if you want to export South African rand out of the country, you have to do it through an authorised dealer which is your normal big bank and that permission must be granted by the Reserve Bank. On the other hand the financial intelligence centre is there to monitor transactions on our financial system and you can imagine that people like the minister are top of the people that re monitored.— Tebogo Malatji, Pravin Gordhan's lawyer
The charges contained in that so called charge sheet are so outrageous.— Tebogo Malatji, Pravin Gordhan's lawyer
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