- It seems that Pravin Gordhan has managed to survive the ANC's national executive committee meeting unscathed
- The Public Enterprises Minister has been facing widespread calls for his removal
- But with the lekgotla drawing to a close, Gordhan has kept his post at the helm of the department
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Pravin Gordhan has managed to navigate the ANC's national executive committee and come out the other end with his hide intact.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Public Enterprises Minister had faced calls for his removal during the conference.
News24 reports that sources within the ruling party revealed these calls were met with a 'lukewarm' response.
Reports claim that these calls for his removal from office have been viewed as part of a 'proxy war' against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Public Enterprises Minister has also suffered a blow to his relationship with deputy president David Mabuza, reports The Citizen.
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Sources within the party reportedly chalked this up to a broken chain of command, with Gordhan taking matters concerning Eskom straight to the president instead of his deputy, who currently leads the war room dedicated to the entity.
As far as the fightback against Gordhan within the ANC is concerned, only two members had pushed for his axing.
Mosebenzi Zwane had asked why Gordhan and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni get treated like 'super ministers'. Bongani Bongo claims that the minister, who he blames for his arrest, had snubbed a meeting requested by the president.
IOL reports that a member of the NEC had commented on the current situation within the ANC:
“The call for Pravin really did not rouse anyone. Comrades didn’t engage. Most of us are keeping our eyes on the ball. We can’t be drawn into factional infighting when the bigger battle is getting our economy back into stable grounds and building a capable state."
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