ANC Youth leader, Collen Maine has once again been slammed by his mother party for attacking the finance minister Pravin Gordhan, calling him an impimpi.
The ANCYL leader took a swipe at the finance minister saying he should be necklaced and seriously dealt with the same way the ANC dealt with impimpi’s during the struggle.
His words to the finance minister is not the first of its kind as he had previously called for ANC members to violently achieve their aims of replacing Gordhan.
“The statement is reckless and regrettable. To attack a minister appointed by President Jacob Zuma is out of line. Only the president can take decisions on his ministers,” says the ANC as it slammed Collen’s remark
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa also reminded the ANCYL that no member of the ANC is entitled to refer to another as an impimpi.
“It is completely out of order and irresponsible. We think there is everything wrong with that statement politically. The ANC at some point will talk to him and get clarity. We are looking forward to meeting with him and getting clarity on this statement.”
“It is worrying to use the word impimpi in the same line as Minister Gordhan. Gordhan is a cadre of the ANC. He knows nothing else but the ANC. It cannot be suggested that he comes from somewhere else,” Kodwa said.
Collen Maine had earlier accused the finance minister of protecting white monopoly capital. He even at a time slammed the 2017 budget saying the minister has failed in his duties.
Women’s League and Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) joined ANCYL’s Collen Maine at the forefront of calls for the minister to be removed from his position. They claim that he is blocking the ruling party’s drive for “radical socio-economic transformation”.
The league had during one of its meeting at Luthuli House said that under Gordhan Treasury has continued to be at a disservice to the interest of black South African businesses.
“Since our deployee came in, he has not acted to make sure that we restructure so we want a different kind of cadreship calibre that will have an appetite for dismantling the approach of protecting banks and capital in South Africa,” said the League general secretary Njabulo Nzuza who also noted that the league would want someone who can crack the whip and have appetite to pursue the development agenda of the country and not protect white monopoly.
The minister even failed to implement party policies. SA needs someone who can crack the whip and have the appetite to pursue the development agenda of the country and not protect white monopoly, Nzuza said.
Meanwhile, the finance Minister replied the renewed concerns over his possible removal from National Treasury, saying he is “not indispensable”.
Speaking to reporters on the matter, the minister said treasury was an institution and ministers are bound to come and go.“We are just humble civil servants,” he said.