Jacob Zuma’s loyalists have stepped up their campaign against finance minister Pravin Gordhan, with some NEC members joining the call for the president to sack the minister.
Following the news that 17 international financial institutions had reportedly been involved in collusion and manipulation of the Rand, with three South African banks among them, many within the ruling party — alongside some civil organisations — have called for finance minister Pravin Gordhan to be given the boot.
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Now, while there may or may not have been oversight on the minister’s behalf, the fact of the matter is the whole saga started back in 2007 and, were it a matter of ministerial interference, a larger investigation is warranted.
Anyway, let’s not get bogged down by logic and just jump straight into ‘Camp Zuma’s’ agenda: the removal of Pravin Gordhan at all costs, no matter the damage to — ironically — the Rand and economy.
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EWN reports that a faction within the ANC NEC will be using Monday’s special NEC meeting to call for the president to “have the guts to fire the minister, even if the Rand falls.”