Unfounded reports making the rounds have it that Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan plans to form a new political party.
The allegation was made by the secretary of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal, Thanduxolo Sabelo, on Thursday in an interview.
Sabelo told reporters that Gordhan’s “public consultations” pointed to his aim of forming a splinter political party.
He said the claim is founded on the history of smaller political parties formed by former members of the African National Congress (ANC).
“Terror Lekota started Cope after he lost in an ANC elective conference. He first had widespread consultations with society, claiming that he was defending the Constitution and the Freedom Charter, but ended up forming Cope. [Julius] Malema also did the same thing when he started the EFF,” Sabelo claimed.
The ANCYL leader added that Gordhan, who called for a mass mobilisation against President Zuma and has been outspoken since Ahmed Kathrada’s death plans to form a new political party.
However, Sabelo asserted that “Pravin can’t mobilise society, otherwise the ANC would have been dominating in Chatsworth and Phoenix.”
Buzzsouthafrica understands that the ANCYL plans to hold a cadre’s forum at 17:00 on Friday, with ANC national executive committee member Fikile Mbalula as the main speaker.
Last week Saturday, Gordhan confirmed to a crowd at Johannesburg City Hall that he actually called for a mass mobilization against Zuma because of his the dramatic reshuffle.
“We are a society with a history of mass organizing and mass mobilization. This other channel (the Guptas’ ANN7) was saying last night I was encouraging mass-mobilisation… yes, I unashamedly am!
Many of my comrades in the NEC and government will say the same thing if they had the chance. Not for their own sake, but because we believe the people shall govern,” he said to the loudest cheers.
Challenging his dismissal, he promised to find out at the next ANC NEC meeting why Zuma made the decision despite three senior party officials – the deputy president, the secretary-general and the treasurer-general – saying they weren’t properly informed about the reshuffle.
Gordhan has been a politician for many years and has evolved into one of the country’s most efficient and respected technocrats – staying out of trouble and keeping National Treasury out of the spotlight.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who has become the face of the liberation group among Zuma’s executives commands a network of loyal and is the only senior ANC member that has actively challenged the Guptas.