Pravin Gordhan has been at the centre of many of South Africa's political storms. He’s been investigated by the Hawks, fired as finance minister, accused of running a 'rogue unit' at SARS and come up against the public protector, to name a few. In 'Joining the Dots', seasoned journalists Jonathan Ancer and Chris Whitfield examine why President Cyril Ramaphosa’s right-hand man has been dragged into major controversies and made enemies such as public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Julius Malema and many of those associated with corruption. In this extract, the authors try to understand the man behind the public image.
Derek Hanekom remembers taking a call from Yunus Shaik when South Africa had gone into the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020. Yunus is one of the six Shaik brothers and in the struggle years was an underground operative alongside Pravin Gordhan. Now he had a business interest in the tourism industry and 'some of the measures didn’t make sense to him'.