Public Enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan has revealed further details of how Zuma carried out his personal agenda to the detriment of the country. Hiding behind an unfounded security report at time when investors were indicating interest to come to the country.
It was clear at some point that Zuma didn’t have a grasp of the government.
For personal reasons, perhaps been urged on by some strong external forces, Zuma wanted former finance minister Pravin Gordhan to resign instead of being fired by him.
Gordhan told the Zondo Commission into state capture on Wednesday that former ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had called him to a meeting at Luthuli House and told him that the president felt that their relationship had deteriorated beyond repair.
Mantashe told Gordhan that Zuma wanted him to resign instead of being fired. Gordhan said he refused to so and elected to be fired instead.
Days later on March 30 at midnight, Zuma reshuffled his cabinet and Gordhan was fired along with his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. They were replaced by Malusi Gigaba and Sifiso Buthelezi.
The minister said he was never informed by Zuma about his removal and watched the announcement on TV.
In his third consecutive day of testimony before the commission on Wednesday, Gordhan detailed how days before his firing he was on an investor roadshow in London along with former director general Lungile Fuzile when they were abruptly informed to return back to South Africa.
He said the roadshow was important for the country because they met with investors and rating agencies as part of the finance portfolio.
Meanwhile, while Gordhan was still London, Zuma had spoken to the ANC’s alliance partners about his plans to fire Gordhan and used a suspicious intelligence report as a reason for his decision.
Gordhan said by the time they had returned to SA the “intelligence report” had been circulating on social media, which got many citizens reacting.