Axed finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas have debunked allegations in a dubious intelligence report which claimed they had a secret meeting during a roadshow abroad, in an attempt to undermine the country and its economy.
Gordhan also warned South Africans to “connect the dots” when it came to certain events and happenings, in order to see the bigger picture.
He and Jonas addressed the media on Friday in the National Treasury building, just hours before they were set to be removed as ministers.
New ministers, appointed during President Jacob Zuma’s sudden Cabinet reshuffle late on Thursday night, are set to be sworn in on Friday evening at 18:00.
Earlier on Friday during the press conference, Gordhan said the allegations about him and Jonas contained in the alleged intelligence report were upsetting.
He said both he and Jonas had joined the liberation struggle as youths, to help bring South Africa to where it was today.
“What sickens me is the allegation that I had secret meetings to undermine this country… let me say categorically, there was no such meeting. Why would we do that?” an angry Gordhan asked.
He urged South Africans to see a pattern of events, and not to view each incident in isolation.