Battle lines are being drawn and key players are sharpening their swords as divisions within the ANC are preparing to go to war over fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan, Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture – and much more.
This is according to a report by the City Press detailing how the events that have played off over the past few weeks have served to only drive a deeper wedge between key players within the ANC.
On one side, you have president Jacob Zuma and his supporters, including the various ‘leagues’ (ANC Youth League and ANC Women’s League) – on the other side, Gordhan, the SACP (the alliance partner he represents) and heavyweights such as deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
After scoring an apparent ‘victory’ this past week, with charges of fraud being laid against Gordhan, and successfully blocking the release of a Public Protector report on state capture, ‘team Zuma’ had the upper hand.
However, late on Friday, Gordhan launched an application in the High Court in Pretoria detailing “suspicious” bank transactions by Gupta-owned companies totalling almost R7 billion, said to implicate state companies and the Zuma himself.
The move by Gordhan is understood to be a way to bring much of the activity that has now been blocked in the Public Protector report out into the open – as the court application has 21 respondents, including 4 major banks and 14 Gupta companies, which will have to detail their affairs around the matter.
According to the City Press, party insiders have indicated that the ANC is well and truly divided, with members either siding with Zuma or Gordhan. The Guptas, meanwhile, have brushed off Gordhan’s court application, saying it has no merit.
You can read the full story in the City Press for 16 October 2016