Zuma should step aside - Gordhan

2017-07-18 12:05
President Jacob Zuma with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. (Herman Verwey/City Press)

President Jacob Zuma with former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. (Herman Verwey/City Press)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma should step aside and allow someone to lead the country and reset the course to fulfil the kind of aspirations that Nelson Mandela and his generation had for SA, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday.

Gordhan told 702 talk show host Eusebius McKaiser in a panel discussion on Mandela Day, that he had previously said it in the ANC forums.

He said the first democratically elected president had a sense of purpose that was non-negotiable.

"In today’s world, you must ask how many leaders do we have who have a non-negotiable purpose? Today your purpose is actually transactional. You can buy it… even for an air ticket, as well.

"For a country that has produced a Madiba – and by that I mean not just the individual, but that collective of leaders – we should be ashamed of ourselves in terms of how we are attempting to conduct ourselves in leadership terms today."

Gordhan insisted state capture is a fact.

"We must stop ducking around it… The notion of state capture is telling us that those who are responsible for bringing people to book are the very ones who are refusing to do it. They rather chase innocent people, get CEOs fired just because they stand up for things, even if they have made mistakes before."

The ANC still has time to correct itself as the 2019 general election is still a long way off, he said. 

“We’re going to still rule, you know. We hope to get the ANC right and earn your vote by that time and if we don’t, then we don’t deserve it at the end of the day. Because … political parties and political leaders must earn the respect of citizens and earn the vote that they want. 

“We have from July 2017 to April/May 2019 to correct ourselves and get onto the right path. I think lots of us have talked in the ANC itself so there’s no doubt about that - either regain the respect of the citizens of the country and earn their vote or take the consequences of not earning their trust.”

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