As the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan battles with the challenge of proving his integrity in courts fraud charges among other controversial issues, it’s surprising how a good number the SA citizens pledge to support Pravin, mostly from the business sector
Finance Minister, has no doubt been facing fraud charges placed by the SA investigative unit, the Hawks, alongside the battle between the politically connected Gupta family and the banks that turned them away.
It is, however, interesting to see how the minister keeps receiving full strong backings from concerned and influential citizens who believed in his administration and role in protecting the treasury from the attack of corrupt politicians and their cronies.
Business Day noted that in its advert taken out in the print edition, 15 business leaders in South Africa praise and rally around Minister Gordhan calling him “a man of immense integrity, leadership ability and commitment”
“We have no doubt about the need for his critical leadership at this time of vital economic importance,” they say.
“South Africa’s democratic transformation cannot afford to have a man of Gordhan’s abilities distracted or sidelined.”
Among the top business leaders who strongly support Pravin Gordhan are Brait director and former CEO Antony Ball; Nick Binedell of the Gordon Institute of Business Science; Banking Association of SA MD Cas Coovadia; former JSE CEO Russell Loubser; RMB chief economist and Stellenbosch University professor Rudolf Gouws; former Standard Bank CEO Jacko Maree; and former McCarthy Motor Holdings CEO Brand Pretorius.
We could also recall that SA’s top political parties, including the ruling African National Congress have pledged to support for the minister encouraging him to remain determined on protecting the treasury and the nation’s economy.
ANC’s support was however interpreted by Mcebisi Ndletyana to mean part of the party’s strategy to prevent further loss of votes as well as to thwart an economic crisis.
Meanwhile, 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 joined the legion of political figures offering him moral support.
“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,” Ramaphosa stated, adding that as a member of the national executive, he support Pravin
“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,” Deputy President Ramaphosa said.