ANC govt 'cannot be at war with itself'


Johannesburg - Public spats between government ministers are like an internal ANC war that is causing damage to the economy, the party's Gauteng provincial executive committee (PEC) said on Sunday. 

The PEC held an extended meeting on Friday and Saturday to address the party's weak results in the recent local government elections, 

"Gauteng also raised concerns about different government ministers and state-owned enterprises that have been engaging in public spats and contradictory public statements that undermine policy coherence in government and cause damage to the economy," provincial secretary Hope Papo said in a statement. 

Papo said the party's Gauteng structures supported intervention of its national leadership to stop these public spats. 

"The ANC government cannot be a government at war with itself.  The ANC national leadership at Luthuli House should enforce discipline among all cadres deployed in government."

The ANC recently slammed Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane for his statements regarding a judicial commission of inquiry into the banking sector over the Gupta saga.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa called for President Jacob Zuma to discipline Zwane and called his statement reckless. 

Zwane reportedly recommended to Cabinet a drastic change to the Banks Act that would allow the finance minister to control bank licences. 

This formed part of an inter-ministerial committee he led to investigate why South Africa's top banks blacklisted the Gupta family, who are friends with President Jacob Zuma, and their businesses after allegations of state capture.

In August MK Military Veterans Association treasurer Des van Rooyen accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan of drawing out the Hawks' South African Revenue Service (Sars) investigation adding that he was putting the country's economy at risk, EWN reported. 

Meanwhile in the Eastern Cape, the ANC Youth League called for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma while rejecting the call for an early elective congress by its national leadership. 

Fin24 reported that the rand was headed for the biggest weekly drop since December against the dollar as a statement of support by Zuma failed to ease investor concern that Gordhan may be replaced.

The rand declined 4.8% last week. It was set for the largest weekly slump since the five days through December 11, the period when Zuma fired then-Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with little-known Van Rooyen. Following backlash, Van Rooyen was replaced with Gordhan. 

Gordhan's role as commissioner of Sars when an undercover investigation unit was established is being questioned by the Hawks, who are investigating allegations that the unit went rogue and performed illegal activities.

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