- The EFF's deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, has nicknamed Pravin Gordhan as 'Joshua Doore, the mob's uncle'
- This nickname has caused a big frenzy on social media, with some calling Shivambu racist and immature
- Meanwhile, the EFF called on Gordhan to resign, just like Nhlanhla Nene did after admitting he met the Guptas
The latest minister to be under the EFF's ever-growing list of enemies, Pravin Gordhan, has been nicknamed 'Joshua Door! The mob's uncle.
The party's deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, has called on the Public Enterprises Minister to walk the same path as Nhlanhla Nene and resign.
Nene resigned when he admitted that he had meetings with the controversial Gupta family.
Shivambu said Gordhan lied to journalists, the media and Parliament about his dealings with the Guptas.
Shivambu's uncanny nickname is a familiar one to South Africans. Although Joshua Doore closed its door, the furniture company's slogan is a familiar one: 'You've got an uncle in the furniture business, Joshua Doore.'
Although Gordhan does bare some resemblance to the balding mascot that was Joshua Doore, the EFF's nickname for Gordhan is more about the minister being, what they call, an 'uncle' to certain interests.
Although the nickname seems like it's here to stay, not all South Africans find it very funny.
The Citizen reported that Nomboniso Gasa, an academic and activist, called the nickname immature and added it has a racist slant.
“Many people think it’s funny. I don’t.”
The irony in Shivambu's claims is that he, too, stands accused of alleged corruption after the release of The Great Bank Heist report by advocate Terry Motau.
The Economic Freedom Fighters' Deputy President insists he never received R10 million from the crumbling VBS Mutual Bank.
In October, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF shared a statement by Shivambu on social media in which he addresses the allegations of his link to the scandal-infused bank.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the EFF's spokesperson, stated that Shivambu was never given R10 million from VBS bank or anyone else.
Shivambu also denied receiving R10-million from his brother, Brian. It has been alleged that Brian received R16-million from the bank.
He claims it was for consultancy work done for Vele Investments. Vele Investments is the majority shareholder in VBS Mutual Bank.
In a leaked, sworn affidavit, Pravin Gordhan detailed how he met the Guptas.
In the leaked statement, he met with the controversial family more than once. The Minister of Public Enterprises said in the statement he met the Gupta family when ousted president, Jacob Zuma, requested a meeting during his first term as head of the state.
However, the minister claims in the affidavit he refused to meet the family again. He does, however, admit to meeting the Guptas twice at events and during a business meeting thereafter.
The minister prepared the affidavit for Raymond Zondo, the Deputy Chief Justice probing allegations of state capture. It's understood Gordhan is upset that the document was leaked.
The Economic Freedom Fighters spoke up about Gordhan, and his recently leaked testimony.
According to Julius Malema, Gordhan is sitting in the pockets of the notorious family. A report by The Citizen indicates that the EFF also said Tiso Blackstar - the owners of Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Sowetan, and BDLive - are Gordhan's "propagandists".
The EFF called Gordhan a master manipulator and accomplice to the activities of the Guptas.
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