Gordhan must stand up to Zuma, says Maimane

2015-12-13 23:32
DA leader Mmusi Maimane. (File, News24)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. (File, News24)

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Cape Town – While the Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane hopes new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will stand up to President Jacob Zuma and ensure fiscal discipline, he is still reeling in shock over the economic suicide of last week.

Zuma dumped Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday because – according to most analysts – the minister was doggedly sticking to fiscal discipline and refused to budge on many of the president’s risky investment plans.

The timing of the announcement and the appointment of unknown African National Congress (ANC) back bencher David van Rooyen to the post shocked the country and sent markets and the rand into a tailspin.

“R11bn later (the amount SA lost since Nene was fired) and the currency being devalued by over 5%, we can now expect a recession next year,” said Maimane.

“Zuma must stop playing Russian roulette with our economy,” he said. “Both these decisions have an impact on the poor in South Africa.”

“How much longer can South Africa afford Zuma to hold office,” he asked. “We need change and a new plan for South Africa.”

Commenting on whether Gordhan will improve the mood, he questioned: “Is he prepared to stand up to Zuma? Is he prepared to maintain fiscal discipline?”

Maimane said the ANC was too busy focusing on internal succession fighting, that they are not strong enough to deal with issues that truly affect the country.

“The best way to get Zuma removed from office is for South Africans to vote against the ANC in more cities across the country,” he said. “If they lose more cities next year, they won’t be able to sustain propping him up.”

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