- A report claims that factions within the ANC are gunning for Pravin Gordhan's downfall
- As the ANC's NEC meeting approaches, the Public Enterprises Minister's fate is expected to be discussed
- Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has weighed in with his views on the situation
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Both Minister Pravin Gordhan and Minister Gwede Mantashe have come under fire in recent days.
So when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni touched on "retiring gracefully", people weren't too sure who he was referencing:
"Politics and Longevity. Political history shows that overstaying your time in office is bad. Unlike royalty, you may be ejected from State House in an undignified manner. It is good to retire gracefully."
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Mantashe was accused of ignoring the issues at NECSA, prompting the remaining board members to resign.
Gwede has also been accused of hindering progress in the nation's energy crisis by stalling the legislation concerning Independent Power Producers.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had called for his removal because of his failure to allow alternative energy producers to supply South Africa's energy grid.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have also threatened to disrupt the State of the Nation Address if Gordhan isn't removed.
The Mail & Guardian claims that the Public Enterprises Minister's fate will be determined during the ANC's national executive committee meeting, with insiders claiming that sources within the party wish to see him axed.
One ANC insider reportedly explained the reasoning behind internal calls for Gordhan's removal:
“It makes it easy for NEC members to ask why, if Mabuza’s resignation was accepted, his political principal is allowed to remain. That realignment is now complete because [DD] Mabuza is also supporting calls for Gordhan’s removal. This means that Cyril will be left with Gwede Mantashe as his only real ally."
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