Must Read: Malema Reveals When Pravin Gordhan Will Be Fired


As the relationship between President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Gordhan grows more strained, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has divulged when Zuma plans to dismiss the embattled minister.

It is only someone who is new to South Africa that would belittle Malema’s tip-offs – remember Malema was the first to open up about Nkandla and other nerve-racking scandals that have plagued the Zuma-led administration.

In a series of tweets, the chief fighter claimed that Zuma plans to fire Gordhan immediately after Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral on Wednesday.

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He wrote: “Speculation is that the duo may be fired tomorrow evening, after Uncle Kathy’s funeral. JZ (Jacob Zuma) will make sure that the funeral is not used as a launching pad for a campaign against him.”

He also alleged that Gordhan’s deputy Mcebisi Jonas will taste a chunk of Zuma’s ruthlessness, as he will also be removed from the executive.

The former ANC Youth League leader said ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe had informed Gordhan on Tuesday that Zuma plans to reshuffle his cabinet and that the axe will drop on him.

EFF National spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not be reached for comments.

Since January, speculations of an imminent cabinet reshuffle has continued to swell from an inner caucus affair to public discussion.

The appointment of Brian Molefe into the government as an ANC MP last month and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma returning to South Africa from the African Union added fuel to the fire.

Although Zuma continues to deny that there is a cold war between himself and his finance minister, the president has apparently, showed on very many occasions that an uneasy relationship exists between him and Gordhan

On Tuesday, reliable sources close to the president divulged that the president told the South African Communist Party (SACP) on Monday that he plans to fire Gordhan, claiming the minister has been blocking him from leading the government.

On Monday, Zuma asked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return home “immediately” from an investor roadshow abroad, reviving talk of a cabinet reshuffle and unnerving investors who see Gordhan as an emblem of stability.

Consequently, the rand fell more than 3 percent against the dollar – which was its biggest one-day fall since Nov. 10, 2016.

In reaction, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Zuma’s decision to recall Gordhan “is so bizarre that it appears, at best, calculated to humiliate the minister or, at worst, to suggest that the minister is about to be fired”.

Last year, fraud charges brought against the minister badly rattled financial markets and spurred accusations of a political “witch-hunt”. They were dropped in October by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Earlier in 2016, he was investigated by the Hawks over allegations of a rogue unit at SARS.

Gordhan took over the finance ministry in December 2015 after the appointment of Zuma’s favourite minister and little-known politician Des Van Rooyen triggered a steep selloff in South African assets.

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Speaking shortly after he landed at the Johannesburg International airport from an investor roadshow in Britain on Zuma’s order, Gordhan simply responded to the growing report by saying: “let’s wait and see”.

While tension continues to rise and Zuma continues to skirt around the matter, BuzzSouthAfrica learned that Gordhan is believed to be the main target of the reshuffle.

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