South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has issued a moving letter of gratitude to his fellow South Africans for all their support following his summons – and withdrawal thereof – by the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority).
Here is Gordhan’s letter, in full:
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
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
President Nelson Mandela reminds us, “I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet
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