While Speaking after the national working committee of the ANC‚ Mantashe concluded said that the Hawks investigation of Gordhan was not wrong but was handled wrongly by the people involved.
He also urged other minister to refrain from making public statements which supported either of the parties.
“I will worry if the Hawks are investigating me and that investigation is capturing headlines of newspapers…All we are cautioning our comrades is when they get in the fray and take sides. What you are doing is legitimising a conspiracy narrative [which says] no this is not a real investigation‚ it is political‚” Mantashe told journalists at a briefing at Luthuli House‚ in Johannesburg.
“All we are saying is that please deal with this matter in a decent way. We do not say Pravin Gordhan must be untouchable. We are saying that it is unnatural to send 27 questions and come back further down the line and send seven question. If you do that‚ you are not doing your work‚ but humiliating the minister‚” he added.
The ANC expressed dissatisfaction at the public spat between Eskom and the National Treasury.
“It has been unfortunate that Eskom and the National Treasury have also taken their disagreement to the public domain on matters relating to procurement practices of the state-owned enterprise.
“The ANC calls for an urgent meeting between ministers of public enterprises‚ treasury and minister of energy to decisively deal with the matter in a manner that promotes public confidence.”
Eskom and the National Treasury have been in a war of words since Monday on whether or not Eskom has been cooperating with the department in its investigation into coal contracts signed by the parastatal.
The finance department said its efforts to investigate the contracts with Eskom had met resistance from the parastatal‚ while Eskom countered that it had been cooperating.
Mantashe said if the disagreements were in the public domain‚ this dented the confidence of society in the state and its institutions to deal with problems they must be dealing with.