Former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. File picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Pravin Gordhan has renewed his call for all South Africans to stand up and fight against state capture. 

The former Finance Minister has also taken another shot at the controversial Gupta family. Gordhan said that the sooner the family leaves South Africa, the better it will be for the country as a whole. 

Gordhan made these comments at the Congress of Business and Economics Recognition Awards in Johannesburg over the weekend. “I haven’t heard a single voice yet that says to the Gupta family, ‘You don’t represent who we are. You don’t reflect our ethos or our principles. In fact, the sooner you get out of South Africa the better it will be for all of us.”

For Gordhan, state capture is like a cancer that is permeating this country every day, both in the private and public sector.

Gordhan the former Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas received recognition for their continued service to SA at the awards ceremony. The two men dedicated their awards to the men and women at Treasury and Sars.

Both ministers were fired this year by President Zuma in one of his many Cabinet reshuffles. In late October Gordhan was said to receive an award for ethical excellence from the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa).

BEN-Africa awarded the Order of Baobab to Gordhan for moral courage.

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