Pravin Gordhan is South Africa’s most powerful person - John Matisonn

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is the most powerful person in South Africa, according to famed political journalist and author John Matisonn.

Matisonn called Gordhan “a patriot with integrity, and a strategist” in a recent Daily Maverick article.

According to Matisonn, there were limits to how far Gordhan could stand up to Zuma’s spending during his first stint as Finance Minister.

“Now he need give less ground,” said Matisonn.

“Restoring the constitution and saving South Africa from a downgrade to junk status will be hard and back-breaking work… Gordhan's appointment brought it into the realm of possibility.”

The Afternoon Drive’s John Maytham interviewed Matisonn.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

President Zuma can’t fire Pravin Gordhan. But the ANC can remove Zuma.

John Matisonn

If Zuma goes the rand will rise. If Gordhan goes the rand will plummet.

John Matisonn

Gordhan wasn’t nearly as powerful when he first was Finance Minister as he is now.

John Matisonn

Gordhan understands what’s at stake for the country.

John Matisonn

Gordhan has to stop SAA from getting what they want.

John Matisonn

I assume Gordhan will try to stop the nuclear deal.

John Matisonn

Zuma was forced to blink. He was forced to put the interest of the country first.

John Matisonn

Nene had the proper background to prepare for him to become the Minister of Finance.

John Matisonn

As long as Zuma is president the country can’t be fixed.

John Matisonn

4Gordhan can build powerful alliances that may lead a change in the presidency.

John Matisonn

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