Pravin Gordhan

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Gordhan backed like no other: Organisations endorse ANC’s support

Several organisations, including the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, have sided with the ANC in their backing of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Pravin Gordhan

Photo: GCIS/Kopano Tlape

Several organisations have aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) in their support of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. 

According to SABC News, some of the organisations include the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and Business Leadership South Africa. 

This follows a statement that was released by a group of ANC stalwarts and veterans expressing shock at the attacks levelled against Gordhan.

The ‘attack’ on Pravin Gordhan  

On Wednesday 15 January 2020, the ANC issued a fierce statement against one of its own ministers, after Tito Mboweni said they were “wrong” to try and nationalise the SA Reserve Bank. Gordhan has also found himself in hot water, however, most of the criticism he received was from his political opponents. 

Last week, the public enterprise minister was accused of misleading Cyril Ramaphosa: It was David Mabuza, the deputy president, who handed Pravin to the wolves –- but it seems as though things have calmed since the ANC ran to their colleague’s rescue.  

Pravin Gordhan uplifted by his colleagues 

African National Congress spokesperson, Pule Mabe on Thursday 16 January cleared the party’s position on senior members. Although Tito Mboweni’s indiscretions were glossed-over, Mabe came out fighting for Gordhan, suggesting that he has been the victim of a “political assault”.

“We’ve never discussed the role of ministers, and whether [Pravin Gordhan] is unfit or not. We have faith in all of Ramaphosa’s appointments. As a party, we must all deal with SOEs. They need to be anchors which create jobs and stabilise the economy. Our NEC completely backs Ramaphosa and his ministers,” said Mabe. 

Organisations call on Gordhan’s protection 

The organisations say the crises at Eskom cannot be attributed to Gordhan. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Gordhan following Mabuza’s claims that the power utility board misled the president about load shedding.

The organisations have urged business, civil society and all South Africans to continue resisting what they say is a clear renewed wave of attack by networks leading the state capture ‘fightback’.

“We further call on President Ramaphosa and parliament to not give in to threats by the EFF to disrupt the State of the Nation address should Minister Gordhan remain in office.”

They claim these attacks are being driven by proponents of the state capture ‘fightback’.

Pravin’s report on SOEs

Meanwhile, Gordhan is expected to present a report on SOEs at this weekend ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) with Eskom and South African Airways (SAA) likely to be the main topics of discussion.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says the ANC NEC will not discuss the removal of Gordhan. He confirms that SOEs are indeed being discussed and they’ll be getting a report from Gordhan on the progress made.

“The National Executive Committee has never sat and discussed individual employees, we don’t do that. It is the prerogative of the President to deploy members of the executive. We have got full confidence in all our comrades we deploy, that serve in the NEC. We still believe in their ability to implement our resolutions as of the Elective Conference. All that is happening here including a report from comrade Pravin on the work they do to turn the situation around,” he added.