Will Ramaphosa buckle under pressure and load-shed Gordhan?

Will Ramaphosa buckle under pressure and load-shed Gordhan?

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at Eskom’s Medupi Power Station in Lephalale and is received by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha and then-Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza, 25 November 2019. Picture: Presidency

In SA – an abnormal democracy – the factional battles of the ruling party are behind the calls to fire Gordhan, an analyst says.

Cyril Ramaphosa is facing the biggest dilemma of his presidency – whether to fire his right-hand man, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, as the Eskom power crisis threatens to break the governing ANC. Some observers say he will have to either remove Gordhan or implement a Cabinet reshuffle. But pressure is mounting, with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliate, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), demanding that Gordhan must go. They allege he failed to turn around the state-owned enterprise and Ceppwawu has accused Gordhan of aiming to implement...




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