POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Gordhan, EFF, Ramaphosa And De Lille

Gordhan's chance to clear his name before the Zondo Commission has finally come. PICTURE: Mail & Guardian

JOHANNESBURG: The Republic Mail readers shall brace themselves on the following events that are set to unfold in the coming week. 

Gordhan To Appear Before Zondo Commission

Minister Pravin Gordhan’s chance to clear his name before the Zondo Commission has finally come. Gordhan was scheduled to appear before the commission last week, but his testimony was postponed to give time to answer Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s questions about the alleged irregular granting of an early retirement package to former acting SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay.

Gordhan is expected to weigh in on the nuclear deal as well as the attempt to capture the Treasury and a number of state-owned entities.

EFF To Protest Against Gordhan

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to protest at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg on Monday. This comes as Gordhan is expected to testify at the commission headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. 

EFF leader, Julius Malema says they believe Gordhan was an enabler in the state capture project.

“One of the questions we’re asking Pravin is how did you become minister of finance. Are you aware of a meeting which took place with President Zuma, where certain people asked President Zuma to make you minister of finance? We detail those questions because the Guptas were able to do what they did because of Zuma assisted by Pravin. He’s an enabler of state capture, he must answer honourably and honestly,” Malema said. 

Ramaphosa To Payback Bosasa Donation

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign team has committed to paying back R500,000 donated by Bosasa to fund his African National Congress (ANC) presidential campaign. Ramaphosa won the ANC presidential race beating Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma last December in Nasrec. 

Bosasa which has helped many ANC politicians, holds multi-million-rand government tenders and has also been linked to dodgy payments and security services for some Members of Parliament including Vincent Smith.

Ramaphosa’s campaign team says he did not have a record of donors, although he was asked on occasion to attend dinners with potential donors.

Former Cape Town Mayor Starts Her New Party

Former Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, has announced that she has formed a new political party. Speaking at a press conference in Cape Town, De Lille emphasized that its time for a new political order in our country.

The new party will contest the 2019 National Elections in all provinces of the country, said De Lille. However, has not announced the name of the party stating that she will only make that announcement in the next two weeks.

These and some of the news that will dominate headlines this coming week. The Republic Mail team will bring more on these and others on our online platform.