The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has launched a scathing attack on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The league opened fire on the deputy president following his public declaration of moral and political support to troubled finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who is currently facing fraud charges.
According to ANCYL, the deputy president’s public support for Gordhan shows he lacks principle and has double standards. To them, Ramaphosa ought to have supported President Zuma, whose headship is currently hanging by the thread, owing to piles of allegations and corruption charges against him.
“One is very disappointed with the deputy president. I think he has double standards. He did not come out to say I support President Jacob Zuma, he kept quiet. Why is he coming out now? He has double standards. We have a problem with him, issues of confidence and double standards,” ANCYL’s Secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza alleged.
Nzuza also slammed the Finance minister for painting a misleading picture which suggests that all is not well with Zuma-led administration and the country at large.
The league said it’s dramatic how Gordhan decided to downplay court summons against him whereas there were a number of leaders who cleared their names in court after they were charged.
“…… such as the rape case of the president‚ who went to court and was found not guilty,” it added.
With these, Njabulo Nzuza called on the ANC’s integrity committee to investigate the Finance Minister; insisting that the charges against him really soiled the face of the party in the mud.
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is one of top government officials that have offered support to Gordhan. Other senior ANC members include Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and the party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu.
Meanwhile, support and calls for the NPA to withdraw charges against Gordhan have continued to grow as he prepares to face his accusers in court on November 2. He is the third finance minister Zuma has appointed since last year’s mid-term budget.