Johannesburg - SA Communist Party (SACP) leader Solly Mapaila has defended Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the work of the controversial Sars intelligence unit while urging Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to not allow herself to be used in the state capture "fightback".
Mapaila was speaking at a media briefing held by a group of civil society organisations, under the banner Hands Off Our Democracy, focused on confronting "state capture fightback".
The organisations, which include the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Amnesty International, Corruption Watch, Section 27, the SA Communist Party (SACP), the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law, announced the intention to hold a mass rally on Sunday aimed at mobilising society against the continued "fightback".
Mapaila used Thursday's briefing to heap praise on Gordhan for standing firm against corruption and called for people like him to be protected.
"People like comrade PG, who have stood firm implementing the government resolutions and movement's resolutions to fight against corruption should be protected by all of us.