ANC organisational reports
Gordhan also relied on two reports compiled by ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe.
These documents paint a picture of an ANC that fully appreciates the extent to which corruption was denting the reputation and credibility of the party.
One was a diagnostic report in which, according to Gordhan, Mantashe wrote: “Stories of corruption in our government make weekly newspaper headlines.”
Gordhan said the report acknowledged that the ANC’s apparent inaction at claims of corruption did not sit well with the public.
He shared an extract which read: “They [the public] expect to see arrests, prosecution and conviction of both the small fries and important individuals.”
Gordhan referred to another organisational report which Mantashe presented at the 2017 conference.
It read: “Many in our movement are in denial that state capture is a reality in our country.”
“The debate is raging on, with society having strong views on the matter. The ANC therefore cannot afford to be perceived as confused or defensive in the face of this debate.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s January 8 statement
Bringing an end to his first session of testimony, Gordhan read from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement.
“We shall confront corruption and state capture in all the forms and manifestations that these scourges assume.”
Gordhan returns to the stand on Tuesday.