Pravin Gordhan laid charges of Crimen Injuria against the EFF; hours later the party announced they would be laying criminal charges against him at the same police station.
The EFF has decided to lay criminal charges against the Public Enterprises minister, mere hours after Gordhan laid charges against them at the Brooklyn Police station on Monday, 26 November 2018.
The party confirmed on Monday, 26 November 2018, that it will open a criminal case against Pravin Gordhan for crimes including money laundering, corruption, racketeering, fraud and contravention of the Intelligence Act.
News24 reported that the party would be opening the case on Tuesday, 27 November 2018.
The party approached the same police station that Gordhan had laid charges of Crimen Injuria against them. According to eNCA, Julius Malema verbally abused the minister after a session at the state capture last week. The EFF has also been making claims that Gordhan’s daughter, Anusha, unlawfully benefited from government tenders as a result of her father’s political influence. A claim which was revealed to be false.
Gordhan said that while public debates are welcome, the personal lives of politicians are off limits.
“If you want to argue with us politically, that’s fine, but once you lie and you attack families, and you propagate these lies widely enough, but you also start dividing South African society, then it is totally unacceptable. Because race is a very inflammable factor in South Africa,” Gordhan said.
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