As support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan mounts ahead of his November 2 date with the courts to face corruption charges, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined the legion of political figures offering moral support for the beleaguered minister.
“Events of the past few days regarding summonses served on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan have been of concern to many South Africans across all sectors of society,” said Ramaphosa.
“As a member of the national executive, I lend my support to Minister Gordhan as he faces charges brought against him by the National Prosecuting Authority.
“I have known and worked with Minister Gordhan both in government and during the days of the prosecution of the struggle for a nonracial, nonsexist democratic society.”
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Gordhan was earlier this month charged with fraud in connection with former South African Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay’s R1.1 million retirement package years ago. Political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana said that Gordhan receiving support from top ANC members was part of the party’s strategy to prevent further loss of votes as well as to thwart an economic crisis.
“This is how the people have been answering the question of whether [the charges] are consistent with productive behaviour for the ANC. Those who have answered in the negative about what is happening don’t mind alienating themselves from Jacob Zuma and those who are saying that Pravin must face the music position themselves in favour of Zuma.”