Pravin Gordhan has always had no fear when it comes to speaking of the man that relieved him of his duties as Finance Minister in March this year.
Gordhan has made his preferred ANC presidential candidate known to be Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and has urged him to fire Zuma come January 2018.
“The Ramaphosa team must take over in December‚ and in January they must tell Mr Zuma to go and live in Nkandla‚” Gordhan said.
Speaking at an investment indaba in Cape Town on Thursday alongside his former deputy Mcebisi Jonas, he held nothing back on his feelings about the President and his camp within the ruling ANC.
“What you have at the moment is a group of people who are willing to do anything in order … to loot from the state firstly. Secondly‚ they don’t care about consequences,” he continued.
Gordhan also did not let his successor get away, as he warned South Africans to watch the new minister’s every step.
Jonas gave his take on which institutions were not captured and advised citizens of the country to defend all institutions.
“Until recently‚ we have been saying Treasury was on the right track‚ the Reserve Bank is on the right track and Stats SA and the (Independent) Electoral Commission. But that is not static, all institutions are under attack. We must defend all institutions‚ even those we think are not captured‚” he said.
When referring to institutions that were captured, Gordhan labeled Treasury, the Financial Intelligence Centre and the Reserve Bank as institutions that have been captured. He also questioned Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness after her call to change the Reserve Bank’s mandate.
“I mean‚ we must ask the public protector‚ ‘since when did you become an expert on macro-economic policy?’ ” said Gordhan.
“Apart from visiting the Presidency‚ which economist advised (her) on what (she) said about the necessity to change the mandate of the heritage Reserve Bank?
“That wasn’t just a so-called honest mistake‚ that was part of a conspiracy‚ and we need to know more about where this economist came from.”