Former President Jacob Zuma has responded to the announcement by the NPA regarding the summons issued to Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.

Zuma, who is currently in Kenya, urged the NPA to carry out their work with dignity and respect.

“Our society is anchored on the rule of law as well as fair and just judicial processes. In this regard, Minister Gordhan is innocent until and unless proven otherwise by a court of law. This is a fundamental pillar of our constitutional democracy and the rule of law,” said Zuma.

The President reaffirmed his support for Gordhan, adding that the decision by the NPA came at the most sensitive time for the country, when Gordhan had successfully led initiatives towards economic revival, bringing together business, government and labour in efforts to reignite growth so that jobs can be saved and created.

The issue about the latest step against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is access to the National Treasury and the ability of factions within the ANC to control it and use its powers.

Pravin Gordhan  has always defended the institution’s conservatism and independence, emerging markets economist Peter Attard Montalto of Nomura said on Tuesday.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan still had time to joke about a summons for him to answer to fraud charges.