Durban - President Cyril Ramaphosa came to the defence of under-fire Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan in parliament on Thursday saying he was a man of "integrity" and should be allowed to defend himself in a court of law.
Addressing the National Assembly on Thursday during the Presidency Vote debate, Ramaphosa lashed EFF leader, Julius Malema for what he called an extraordinary attack on Gordhan.
"It is a fundamental tenet of our democratic constitutional order that no person – no matter what position they hold – is above the law," Ramaphosa said.
"No person is above scrutiny. Every person must answer for their actions. That includes the President, that includes Honourable Gordhan and that includes even Honourable Malema. By the same measure, every person is equal before the law and must have recourse to the law. Every person must be able to enforce their rights, whether that means approaching the courts or any other competent authority," he said.
Gordhan has in recent weeks faced the wrath of the EFF whose members last Thursday surrounded him as he attempted to deliver his departmental budget speech in parliament.