The heat meant to burn finance minister out of the treasury seat seems to be taking a u-turn towards President Jacob Zuma as 101 ANC stalwarts turn to support the minister.
Reports have it that up to one hundred and one African National Congress big shots publicly expressed their “deep concern” about the state of the country and have thrown their weights behind embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
This was seen in the signatories of an open letter where the stalwarts including former finance minister Trevor Manuel, Pallo Jordan and Albertina Luthuli, said the charges against Gordhan are without foundation and clearly show a misuse of state agencies.
They said they had tried to engage with President Jacob Zuma and top party office-bearers on how to put an end to the matter, but “regrettably” received a response that “appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency that the signatories feel.”
“The trust between the ANC and communities‚ built over up over so many years‚ is now severely under threat‚” they warn.
In their letter which expressed concern about the future of the country following under Zuma’s leadership, the ANC stalwarts say they collectively come to a conclusion to support the finance minister as repeated attempts for the stalwarts to raise concerns with the party on an individual basis have failed.
Parts of the text in the letter written by the ANC stalwarts reads:
Collectively and as individuals we have attempted to engage with the President of the ANC and the other senior five elected office bearers of the ANC‚ (through the Office of the Secretary General (OSG)‚ the letter was sent directly to the President as well)‚ in the belief that our diverse and long standing involvement and knowledge of the movement could contribute to correcting many of the Ills that have befallen our organisation. Regrettably‚ the response by the OSG has focused on administrative and structural internal processes of the movement and appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency that the signatories feel.
“The pace of events unfolding in the ANC‚ Government‚ and civil society severely limits the ability of many within the African National Congress to use the normal internal processes and largely dysfunctional structures to raise concerns and potential solutions; there is simply not the time,” the letter said.
“We believe that the overwhelming majority of ANC members who are committed to the real values of the ANC will understand this and give their support to any initiative that helps strengthen the movement‚ government‚ the role of Parliament‚ and the institutions of the state to ensure the necessary corrections take place‚ before it is too late.”
As signatories we stand in solidarity with the Minister of Finance‚ Pravin Gordhan and the other accused‚ Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay. We strongly believe the charges are without foundation and clearly show a misuse of state agencies‚ when the NPA and other agencies should be focusing on cases of corruption and the misuse of public funds. We urge all members of the ANC to show their support for the three accused on Wednesday‚ 2nd of November 2016 at the Pretoria regional court. No stalwart who believes in the historical values of the ANC can abstain from this issue.
Here is a list of the big shots who pended their signatories in support of minister Pravin
The ANC stalwarts concluded the letter by saying:
“As stalwarts and long serving members of the ANC, we have a profound responsibility to the movement and the country to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed. We believe that the overwhelming majority of our citizens embrace the values of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of our country and share this view”.