Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma finds himself in a wounded leopard scenario and to survive he and his supporters must gain access to the country’s fiscus. It would therefore make sense to replace Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with a loyalist such as former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.
This is the view of André Duvenhage, political analyst and lecturer in political studies at the North-West University.
Speaking to Fin24 by phone, Duvenhage said Zuma is particularly dangerous because of his timing. “In order to gain control of the country’s finances he’ll have to get rid of the finance minister before the delivery of the Budget Speech on February 22. I expect it will happen shortly after the State of the Nation Address (on February 9).”