Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says there are real counter-revolutionaries in the country who prevent people, including himself, from improving the lives of South Africans.

Gordhan was speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Heritage Day banquet in Johannesburg.

Many dignitaries were in attendance such as former president Kgalema Motlanthe and Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom to mention but a few.

Gordhan says there are people who made it their duty to protect the corrupt and attack enemies of corruption.

“Today we even have a propaganda machine that’s unashamedly protecting the corrupt, attacking the enemies of corruption and constantly coopting, obviously with a lot of money, individuals and state institutions to serve their very narrow and selfish purposes.”

He says as the struggle for good governance advances, the contestation for resources intensifies.

“What fighting among ourselves does to the greater course to the national interest and where the country is able to go. And if we don’t understand that weakness, if we can’t correct it and more importantly it has the damaging effect for many years.”

He ended the speech by quoting the constitution and calling on people to respect the law.

“Every citizen is equal before the law, Hawks or no Hawks.”