The 2017 Budget was extraordinary in various ways. In post democratic South Africa, never has the finance ministry been on such shaky political ground. Never has the National Treasury faced so much hostility from within the party that runs government. And never has there been so much global uncertainty, mostly due to a powerful new world order driven by irrationality, resentful of the poor and marginalised, and driving humanity to turn on itself. South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not present a national budget as much as a new political vision. This is what makes him and his team so much more of a threat to those heavily invested in the current system. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.