Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber raises concern about SARS Wars

AUGUST 29, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has voiced its concern regarding the manner in which the ongoing investigations into alleged misconduct by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are being handled by the Hawks and President Jacob Zuma.

“It appears that the investigations are being orchestrated to cause the maximum reputational damage to Minister Gordhan, with complete disregard of the impact which this unfortunate saga has to date had on the South African economy and the credibility of the institutions involved,” said Ian Nicholls, President of the NMBBC.

“Whilst the NMBBC recognizes and respects that no person is above the law, it is the responsibility of the organs of state and political leaders to conduct themselves and their activities in a transparent manner and also in the best interests of the country,” he emphasized.  “It is inappropriate for the investigations to be conducted in such a public and apparently politically motivated manner.”

“Given the current uncertainty, global and local investor sentiment is rapidly declining. This situation cannot be allowed to continue as it directly affects South Africa’s credit rating prospects and threatens the reputation of National Treasury.”

Nicholls emphasized that the Business Chamber remained a non-political body but would continue to address critical issues facing business and the economy in South Africa, such as the Business Chamber and high energy users’ recent Nersa electricity hike court challenge. 

“The Minister of Finance deserves the unequivocal support of the political leadership of the country as well as business, organised labour and concerned citizens at large.”

“Given the potential serious impact of these proposed actions upon our country’s economy, we as business cannot remain mute. South Africa needs to be the priority, not any personal or political agendas,” he concluded.

Image: South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Reuters/Edgard Garrido