The youth league of the African National Congress (ANCYL) suggests that President Jacob Zuma consider firing finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who is currently battling with fraud charges, for the main time until he is acquitted of the charges.
The party’s youth wing stated this on Tuesday urging the president to be reasonable enough to relieve Gordhan of his duty so he could focus on his fraud charges.
“We are hoping the president would be responsible enough to at least allow the minister to attend to these matters, and if it means relieving the minister of his responsibilities so our economy can stabilize then he should apply his mind,” ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize.
The league, like the party, asked Pravin Gordhan to cooperate with the Hawks so that the so-called SARS rogue unit fraud charges are done with as soon as possible.
ANCYL’s Mkhize went on to say reiterate that the minister is portraying himself as Jesus Christ and seeking public sympathy.
“We know he has been mobilizing for public sympathy, saying it’s political. If indeed it is a political matter where people have been using the law and courts to fight political matters the courts have been able to deal with those things,” he said, adding that the prosecuting authority’s decision to pursue charges against the minister was a step in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the league said no doubt the issues surrounding the minister has affected the economy in a negative way.
“From where we sit the markets and the confidence of investors have been reluctant to invest because of the issues surrounding the minister,” he said, pointing out that if dark clouds continue to hover over the minister’s head it could have dire consequences for the country’s economy.
“The president must apply his mind in the interests of our economy, nothing else. Maybe he must allow the minister to attend to the case until it’s concluded. If he is acquitted we hope he reappoints him, either as finance minister or of any other department,”
Meanwhile the African National Congress’ Women’s League (ANCWL) said it welcomes NPA’s clarification that Gordhan’s summon was free from political interference.
“The remarks clearly indicate that there is no individual subjected to the manipulation of the law and law enforcement agencies to ulterior political motives,” it said in the statement.
The statement also hit out at claims that there was political interference saying these were the tactics of those trying to portray the ANC government as one more focused on conspiracies than transforming the economy.