“If we do not remove Zuma and his sinister associates, the consequences will be dire,” writes Mathews Phosa
Lawyer, activist, politician and author of Deur die oog van ‘n naald, Mathews Phosa, recently wrote a column on South Africa’s current political climate under the rule of Jacob Zuma. Read an extract here:
On waking up last Friday morning, we learnt that our trusted finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, had been removed under the cover of darkness at the stroke of midnight.
Following the disastrous appointment of Des van Rooyen on December 9 2015, Gordhan was handed a poisoned chalice and worked tirelessly to prevent our beloved South Africa from being downgraded to junk status.
Since 2000, South Africa had enjoyed the benefits of a good credit standing. It took hard work and dedication to gain an investment-grade rating following the ruinous legacy of apartheid.
The finance team which effected this result was initially led by Chris Liebenberg.
He was succeeded in 1996 by Trevor Manuel. During his 13-year term, Manuel was a household name here and became the flagbearer for our stable economy on the global stage.
When Gordhan took over from him, the protracted honeymoon that we had enjoyed since the dawn of our democracy, April 28 1994, was over.
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