South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has fought back against allegations that he had "spied" on politicians in his previous role as taxation commissioner, telling CNBC that his top priority was focusing on rebuilding investor trust in South Africa.
"We will be endeavoring to clear the air as soon as possible so we give South Africans and the world confidence that South Africa's institutions, particularly the economic institutions, are still solid and under good leadership and that they will continue to pursue the policies that have given us a good reputation," Gordhan told CNBC Africa Tuesday.
Gordhan is currently under close scrutiny amid a police investigation into whether he oversaw a so-called "rogue spy unit" when commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) from 1999 to 2009, to spy on politicians, including President Jacob Zuma.
The finance minister has denied any wrongdoing or any knowledge of unconstitutional acts by the unit. The investigation has also been criticized as tantamount to a political witch hunt after Gordhan's criticism of government expenditure, particularly by top political offices, and corruption.