- Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was subjected to criticism during the ANC's NEC
- Numerous party members called for a 'reflection' on Gordhan's performance in office
- Those that targeted the minister claimed he was a disaster for South African SOEs
Speculation that Minister Pravin Gordhan would come under fire at the ANC's National Executive Committee meeting wasn't too far off the mark.
IOL reports that ten party members had demanded a 'reflection on Gordhan's performance as minister', adamant that he was a disaster for state-owned enterprises.
Party chairperson Gwede Mantashe had contested the agenda item, but those against the minister refused to let it slide.
Mosebenzi Zwane had led the complaints against Gordhan, demanding to know why he and Minister Tito Mboweni were treated as 'super-ministers' by the ANC.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to clear the air and respond to the complaints against the minister later in the weekend.
Bongani Bongo revealed that the president had sought out a 'unity meeting' between Gordhan and himself after Bongo claimed Gordhan had orchestrated his arrest.
Mboweni's comments against the resolutions of the party over the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank had also come up at the NEC.
ANC members had called for the resolutions of the 54th national conference to be protected, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Ahead of the conference, spokesperson Pule Mabe had denied Gordhan's future was up for debate:
“The National Executive Committee has never sat and discussed individual deployees, we don’t do that. It is the prerogative of the President to deploy members of the executive. We have got full confidence in all our comrades we deploy, that serve in the NEC. We still believe in their ability to implement our resolutions as of the Elective Conference. All that is happening here including a report from comrade Pravin on the work they do to turn the situation around.”
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