The Hawks need not have a strong case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. All that they need to do is cast aspersions in the public domain about him. That's according to senior analyst at the Governance and Justice Division at the ISS (Institute for Security Studies), Judith February.
The question now is, fresh from his trip in Kenya, whether Zuma will say I'm going to be reshuffling Cabinet or if Gordhan is able to fight his case from within... this muddies the water sufficiently for the President to act against Gordhan if he wants to.— Judith February, ISS
Gordhan, former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula and ex employee Ivan Pillay, have been charged with fraud. This relates to Pillay's early retirement package of over R1 million six years ago.
When asked by John Robbie whether she thought the Gupta's, the delay by the President in co-operating with the Public Protector on her State capture report, and these charges against Gordhan were linked, February replied in the affirmative.
It is all related in a larger tapestry. The President has gone rogue, he's protecting his own rights, he has over 700-odd charges hanging over his head, he has a lot to fight for and a lot to lose. This is a flimsy case against the Minister of Finance.— Judith February, ISS