President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempts to clean up state-owned enterprises and take those responsible for state capture to a task, he has been accused by some of those suspended and fired of not acting by the book.
The president has been accused of using Pravin Gordhan as his “hitman”. They allege that the pair is fighting a political battle using state machinery and of a “selective drive” to remove his enemy.
A group of thus far anonymous detractors have circulated a letter accusing of using Transnet chair Popo Molefe as a proxy in a bid to get rid of the government rail company’s CEO Siyabonga Gama.
“We urge President Ramaphosa to rein in this super prime minister,” wrote the unidentified authors.
The anonymous group taking Ramaphosa and Gordhan to task saying that certain leaders and former leaders of state entities are being targeted despite their leadership representing “black excellence.”
These include Eskom’s former top executives Matshela Koko and Brian Molefe, suspended Sars boss Tom Moyane as well as Gama.
The idea that Ramaphosa and Gordhan are abusing their authority in a bid to “clean up” SOEs appears to put those who wrote the letter on the same page as EFF leader Julius Malema.
He has accused Gordhan of being the “real president of South Africa” and of using “Stalinist” measures to achieve his goals.
According to the red berets’ commander-in-chief, “Pravin Gordhan appoints people in positions and boards without following any necessary consultation even of the Cabinet, or any robust transparent process”.
“Instead we all just wake up with boards turned from acting into permanent, the same thing that we cried about when it was done by Zuptas,” he continued.
“The removal of people at Eskom and appointment of the new board and the CEO, Phakhamani Hadebe, was done in the same way. This was also the case with the appointment of a new board at Transnet and Denel. They were all arbitrary.
“To celebrate this as being decisive is not only misguided but shortsighted when unfair processes are reaching punishment and people are removed without due course,” Malema said.