Masina and Yengeni slam Pravin Gordhan's appointment to new Cabinet

Masina and Yengeni slam Pravin Gordhan's appointment to new Cabinet

- Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has slammed the appointment of Pravin Gordhan to Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet

- Masina claims this "makes a mockery of our democracy"

- Tony Yengeni pubicly expressed support for Masina's position

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Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has condemned Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment of Pravin Gordhan as Public Enterprises Minister.

This comes after the Public Protector ruled that Gordhan had violated the Constitution by granting an early retirement payout to former SARS deputy, Ivan Pillay.

Masina claims that Gordhan's appointment "undermines the rule of law".

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The EFF has also criticised Gordhan's appointment in harsh terms, but Masina's comments are notable as he is a member of the president's own party.

Masina said that Gordhan's return to Cabinet "makes mockery of our democracy", adding that the National Executive Council should look into the appointment urgently. There had been speculation that Gordhan might not be re-appointed, as the Public Protector had recommended that remedial action be taken against him. 

Masina's comments regarding Gordhan were echoed by ANC member Tony Yengeni, according to The Citizen.

Yengeni reponded to Masina's condemnation of Gordhan on Twitter by posting simply, "Absolutely!"

This mixed response indicates the extent to which the Public Protector's report has divided the ANC, and South African politics in general. While some, like Masina, have taken issue with Gordhan, others have criticised the Public Protector herself.

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Indeed, some analysts argue that the timing of the Public Protector's report (which was released the day before Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration) should raise suspicion, has gathered.

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