Analysis: Does ‘unreserved confidence’ from NWC (sans Zuma) mean Gordhan has real political support?
For as long as Pravin Gordhan remains Minister of Finance while Jacob Zuma is South Africa’s president, the question would have to be asked whether he has political support to do his job. Gordhan was appointed under duress and Zuma has made it known that he felt Des van Rooyen was “most qualified” for the position. Gordhan has been under attack from the Hawks, several state-owned companies, the ANC deputy secretary general, the youth and women’s leagues of the ANC, the military veterans association and other Gupta family cohorts. What matters is whether he has political backing from the presidency and his organisation, the ANC. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.