Pravin Gordhan’s Open Letter Thanking South Africans for their Support

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has expressed his gratitude to South Africans for supporting him during the recent ‘trumped up’ fraud charge debacle initiated by Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Agency (NPA). During which civil society groups, politicians, struggle stalwarts and corporate South Africa had thrown their weight behind Gordhan.

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On behalf of my family and myself, I wish to thank fellow South Africans from all walks of life and organisations who have provided us with active support and continue to do so.

We are humbled.

Like many, I am a son of the congress movement, the African National Congress and the congress alliance. I was taught the values of democracy and social justice in the Freedom Charter.

The Preamble of our Constitution calls on all of us to:

“"Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights," and,
"Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law."

We have made tremendous progress in all aspects as a young democracy. But we have much more to do – in unity.

Hope, resilience and active involvement will enable us to overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality – and any form of injustice and unfairness. Ours is the formidable task of inclusively transforming our economy – providing jobs and skills for our youth, opportunities for entrepreneurs and a decent and dignified life to all South Africans.

President Nelson Mandela reminds us, “I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

Once again, our most sincere and deepest appreciation for your active support. Ke a leboga. Ke a leboha. Ngiyabonga. Enkosi. Ngiyathokoza. Dankie.

Pravin Gordhan and family