Thabang Buthelezi
1 minute read
26 Jul 2017
4:49 pm

Derek Hanekom wants Zuma to give Gordhan, Jonas national orders

Thabang Buthelezi

The axed former tourism minister was obviously relishing the irony of the president giving the men he fired medals.

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Jaco Marais)

It’s that time of the year when the state president calls for nominations for the national orders. The president invites members of the public to nominate people from all walks of life they believe deserve to receive the country’s highest honours.

Malenie Webb (a Twitter user) nominated Pravin Gordan and Mcebisi Jonas for the Order of the Baobab Award, which is among the country’s highest honours. Their fellow axed former minister Darek Hanekom tweeted: “I support that.”

The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technology innovation.

The former minister of tourism agreed that the former minister of finance, Gordhan and his former deputy minister, Jonas had contributed to the community positively.

They were fired by the president in a controversial cabinet reshuffle earlier this year. Zuma’s critics pointed out that the move was allegedly an attempt to gain greater control of National Treasury.

Twitter user Mark Sithole, however, tweeted rather sarcastically that the pair had been good for “low growth, increasing [in]equalities, high debt, and preserving the status quo in the country”.

Gordhan and Jonas were at the University of Johannesburg today to speak out against, among other alleged ills under the Zuma government, state capture.