The Economic Freedom Fighters have vowed to remove Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan from his position following his testimony at State Capture inquiry.
The EFF demands that Pravin Gordhan should resign.
Vociferous groups of protesters from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Black First Land First (BLF) movement gathered outside the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg, calling for the public enterprises minister to resign.
“We are here to expose you!”
“In the same way we removed Jacob Zuma, in the same way we removed Nhlanhla Nene, you are next, we are going to remove you,” said EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu as he addressed EFF supporters.
Shivambu also accused Gordhan of being an enabler of state capture.
Shivambu accused Gordhan of colluding with Eskom board chair Jabu Mabuza to compromise the power utility.
He also made sweeping statements about Gordhan’s management of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
The party has reported Gordhan to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for “lying” to Parliament.
The party’s complaint stems from a question it had posed in Parliament to Gordhan in 2016 regarding whether any of National Treasury’s staff members had met with the Gupta family.
It was the revelation that Gordhan had met with an Indian businessman, who had an interest in buying a stake in MTN, that has rattled the EFF.
The party said he was not honest about this meeting and that he should have revealed this information as part of his answer to the party’s question in Parliament.
Gordhan violated the executive ethics code and his oath of office when he lied to parliament, said the EFF.