MEDIA STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENT, MIN PRAVIN GORDHAN
1 Several media enquiries have been addressed to the Ministry of Public Enterprises about the malicious, yet nonsensical utterances of Mr Iqbal Surve, the Chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, directed at our client, following a search and seizure operation by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) at his company’s offices yesterday, arising from an order of the High Court.
2 Our client, Min. Pravin Gordhan, has requested us to respond on his behalf, as follows—
2.1 Mr Surve has launched unsubstantiated attacks on our client without any evidence or facts. He also attacked the judiciary.
2.2 The Chief Justice has invited those who make these kinds of allegations against judges to come forward with evidence to prove any impropriety on the part of judicial officers. Mr Surve is invited to produce proof of allegations he has made about the two Judges, including that one refused to grant the FSCA a warrant and that another Judge who granted the warrant, did so because he has a relationship with our client.
2.3 Distraction and deflections have become a reflexive response by those who are under suspicion of one or other kind of misdemeanours.