The youth wing of the ruling African National Congress (ANCYL) has once more, taken a swipe on South Africa’s two key personalities – Pravin Gordhan and Thuli Madonsela saying they are both trying to please their CIA handlers.
In a briefing during the weekend, following the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, the league accused the finance minister Pravin Gordhan of blocking economic opportunities for young people, while allegedly protecting his business interest in certain big businesses.
The group asked the finance minister to quit portraying himself as an angel or Jesus Christ by acting like he’s the only one worthy of fighting corruption.
“We equally call on Pravin to not to fall into the trap of wanting to be a Jesus Christ and claiming that in the entire movement, he’s the only one who’s committed to fight criminals,” says ANCYL’s deputy General Secretary Thandi Moraka.
To the outgoing public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the league’s Moraka said she acts like “a popcorn in all other matters she’s handling. What we understand is that her handlers are CIA.”
“She never refuted those allegations. So her handlers are the CIA and monopoly capital,” he said.
Back to the finance minister Pravin Gordhan, the league warned him to report himself to the Hawks and quit showcasing his ‘holier than thou attitude’
“Go to SAA, go to many SOEs and check who are leading those boards in relation to what they are doing in the different private sectors. You will find that Minister Pravin Gordhan is involved in many of those companies,” says ANCYL treasurer general, Reggie Nkabinde.
By this, Nkabinde was referring to Julius Malema, EFF leader’s claim that Gordhan has shares in many companies during a debate on state capture – a charge Gordhan has denied.
“Gordhan was part of many companies as a shareholder. He never came out clear to dispute that until today because we are still expecting him to say, ‘No, I don’t own any company in South Africa that is doing any business with SOEs,” Nkabinde said
The league further castigated the minister for using the media as a shield so as to evade answering to the hawks on emerging issues relating to corruption.
Speaking also of the ties between the finance minister and advocate Thuli, the league said the fact that Treasury gave Madonsela’s office a guarantee to continue funding her investigation into the Gupta family’s influence on the state, shows the two are pushing an agenda.
According to them also, Madonsela’s office ran out of funds to process outstanding cases but surprisingly received a cash guarantee from the National Treasury to continue with the Gupta probe.
“This calls for a serious concern between Treasury and Thuli Madonsela as an individual,” said Moraka who claimed the Treasury and Madonsela are pushing an agenda.
Madonsela has stated that her investigation into the family’s influence on the state is at an advanced stage and says she hopes to finish it before her term ends next month.
Meanwhile, the ANCYL praised both former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni, saying the two has done well in their portfolio’s.
The league claims Myeni and Motsoeneng are being attacked because of their efforts in transforming the state-owned enterprises.
“We want to affirm our confidence in both the former SABC COO and the chairperson of SAA comrade Dudu Myeni-Zuma in their quest to transform these SOEs,” the league’s Deputy General Secretary Thandi Moraka said. “It’s unclear why the league referred to Myeni as Zuma in its statement” he added.