Pravin Gordhan – the man with the golden tongue but no guts

2015-03-27 14:24

Pravin Gordhan is a master propagandist who speaks good things and writes speeches that receive space on front pages of newspapers.

He and Collins Chabane were nice guys but their good image was dented by failure to stop Nkandla plunder.

Just show me one speech or statement or interview where Gordhan criticised the spending of R246 million on the private residence of Number One.

If this R246 million was given to the Nkandla municipality, the masses would be happy.

As it is a rural village, I am sure there are many schools without libraries and laboratories and playing fields.

The president criticised the over-use of consultants but our taxes paid President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers R60 million or more.

When he addressed the South African Local Government Association conference, Zuma did not say: “Look at Nkandlagate. I am now being forced to pay back minister Nhlanhla Nene’s department but I am refusing and I have charged my architecture as the fall guy.”

Zuma and Gordhan’s speeches at the conference cannot be taken seriously because Gordhan is good at rhetoric but pathetic at fighting corruption.

If Gordhan had said "no" to looting in Nkandla, Zuma would have demoted him as he attempts to do with National Prosecuting Authority boss Advocate Mxolisi Nxasana. He has yet to protect the Public Protector like Trevor Manuel.

Even Zuma’s cows live opulently.

How do we expect the South African Local Government Association to fight corrupt councillors? It is now their time to eat and Gordhan will do nothing; he has to protect his job.

Lucy Maqhekezana

UDM branch chair, Alice, Eastern Cape

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