A political analyst has doubt that Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, were sufficiently substantiated. The analyst feels the timing is suspicious as well.
The Citizen reports that political analyst, Andre Duvenhage, doubts that Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings against Pravin Gordhan, Public Enterprises Minister, were sufficiently substantiated.
“My impression is that, firstly, Gordhan is not very popular in the ANC circles because he is a straight shooter and I think people who don’t want to see him in Cabinet are behind this."
“The timing of this report is set to influence the decision-making regarding his appointment, probably as minister of finance, which I think is the most key portfolio for the next five years, given the economic situation we find ourselves in.”
This comes after Mkhwebane found that Pravin violated the constitution when he paid out the former SARS commissioner, Ivan Pillay's retirement after it was agreed he would retire early, and then rehiring him.
Gordan himself slammed Mkhwebane for her findings and his lawyer, Tebogo Malatji, stated that he took issue with the hasty timing of the release of her report.
“The haste and timing of the public protector shows a complete disregard for an important constitutional event for our country, the inauguration of the president.”
However, Briefly.co.za gathered that Duvenhage feels Gordhan is too important to not be appointed in Cabinet by Ramaphosa.
“I think Gordhan is very strategically positioned close to Ramaphosa and, according to my assessment, it is of critical importance for Ramaphosa that Gordhan stays close."
“For that reason, I cannot see Ramaphosa deciding not to appoint him. I am quite sure we will see Gordhan in Cabinet somewhere.”
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