Minister Gordhan’s position not in jeopardy

The Presidency has given an assurance that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's position is not under threat.

The high office has also dismissed claims that there is a war at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). It said reports that President Jacob Zuma and the Minister are "somehow at war" are "total fabrication and mischievous sensationalism".

"The President wishes to emphasise that Minister Gordhan remains the Minister of Finance and any positing that the position of the Minister is under any threat is dismissed with the contempt it deserves," the Presidency said on Monday.

This followed revelations that the police's elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks, sent Minister Gordhan a list of questions about a unit in SARS that was established under his watch.

The Presidency said media reports demanding that President Zuma should summarily dismiss SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane or interfere with the work of government agencies were unhelpful.

It said there are prescripts within government that stipulate the processes to be followed to resolve labour relations issues or disputes within the work environment.

"The difficulty in the relationship between the Minister of Finance and the SARS Commissioner is being dealt with through the correct channels, using the correct legal prescripts," the Presidency said.

The Presidency said President Zuma began discussions with Minister Gordhan and Moyane on this matter long before the State of the Nation Address and Budget 2016.

"Measures are being put in place to address the issues responsibly and amicably for the benefit of all. We urge interested parties to exercise calm and restraint and allow space for the matters to be resolved using correct channels."