Budget 2021

Replacing Gordhan or Jonas would carry a heavy cost for SA

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. (Pic: Matthew le Cordeur, Fin24)
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. (Pic: Matthew le Cordeur, Fin24)

Cape Town - Many see the decision by the governing African National Congress (ANC) to send the disgraced former CEO of Eskom to parliament as the precursor to another attack on the National Treasury and to remove finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

The decision to give Brian Molefe a seat in the country’s parliament has led to widespread speculation that he is being positioned for a cabinet post – either as finance minister or as deputy finance minister.

While some commentators believe that President Jacob Zuma has his sights set on appointing Molefe as finance minister, others argue that the real target is Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas. The deputy minister blew the whistle on an alleged bribery attempt by a member of the Gupta family which is at the centre of a political storm amid allegations that it has attempted to exert undo influence on Zuma.

READ: Molefe's swearing-in on budget day 'premeditated hit on Gordhan'

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