Public spats dent confidence in govt - Mantashe

2016-08-30 17:08

Johannesburg – Government departments should not allow their disputes to play out in the media, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe cautioned on Tuesday.

"Public spats cause confusion in society and impact the economy," Mantashe told journalists at party headquarters, Luthuli House.

He was briefing the media on the ANC’s national working committee meeting on Monday which discussed the battle between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan; Eskom and the Treasury; and alleged impropriety involving the ANC and railway agency Prasa. 

Mantashe cautioned ANC structures about commenting on the committee’s discussions in the media.

On Monday, the party's Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) called for Gordhan to stop seeking public sympathy and subject himself to the Hawks probe.

Gordhan was dragging the matter out and placing South Africa's economy at risk, Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen said, in his capacity as a senior member of the veterans' association.

Mantashe said the association should not have spoken out on the matter and the decision to have Van Rooyen make a comment was unfortunate.

He said it was a "terrible decision" for MKMVA to have made statements about the matter.

"He was trapped to say, 'Pravin I would have done the job better, I am better qualified.' What happened to humility?"

In December last year, Van Rooyen was appointed as finance minister for a few days, before a public outcry forced President Jacob Zuma to replace him with Gordhan.

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