Malusi Gigaba Wasn’t Targeted by Old Guard-National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe

Newly appointed South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba talks to the media after a meeting with the former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the National Treasury on April 4, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. Credit rating agency Standard and Poors downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status on April 3, S&P confirmed to AFP, as the rand currency continued to slide following a controversial cabinet reshuffle. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

African National Congress national chairperson Gwede Mantashe has criticised those blaming former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba’s political woes on a “generational battle” in the ANC.

“He was not being targeted. You commit mistakes in politics at your own peril,” Mantashe told us this morning.

“It’s not about a collective; many of my generation committed mistakes and they fell on their sword, nobody argued,” he added.

The Presidency announced Gigaba’s resignation on Tuesday, just a day before President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to take action against him, as per the Public Protector’s recommendations.


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