Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says leaders who deny the existence of state capture do so because they are probably implicated in it.
Gordhan was speaking at the African National Congress’s stalwarts and veterans Consultative Conference underway at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
The group has been calling for the conference for more than a year, mainly to raise concerns over the 2016 local government elections, the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla and the release of the State of Capture report by the former public protector. The conference will end on Sunday.
Gordhan says despite officials denying wrongdoing the truth says the opposite.
“Denial is the best form of defence at this particular point in time, as you know as journalists you can often put things to people and people will say no, I didn’t do it or I don’t know anything about it until some proof emerges, that proves exactly the opposite. Denial is an inadequate response and everybody can see what is going on. We know what is going on at Eskom, we know what is going on at Denel, we know what is going on at the revenue service, and we know what attempts are being made at Treasury,” says Gordhan.
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