This week Peter Bruce and the Editing Allowed team discussed the consequences of recalling President Jacob Zuma — Baleka Mbete as President? Malusi Gigaba’s stance as finance minister, the rand’s recovery from last week’s downgrades and the latest shenanigans at Eskom are also on the table. Peter Bruce asked whether it was possible for Gigaba to declare his independence from the onset. But Financial Mail deputy editor Sikonathi Mantshantsha was doubtful. “He’s there to effect a certain mission and he’s going to do that... There’s a mission, they are going to fund all these deals that Pravin and his people have been blocking. There’s no other way.” Business Day editor-at-large Hilary Joffe said Gigaba had to be decisive and could not afford to run the country on autopilot. “. .. On both the spending side and the revenue side Mr Gigaba has some challenges and at what point if he wants to stick to the path of consolidation does he start having to propose to President Jacob Zuma and the...

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