Pravin Gordhan to give feedback on state entities at ANC NEC
State-owned entities are likely to be the main topics at the national executive committee — not factional attacks against Gordhan, says ANC
Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to present a report on state-owned entities (SOEs) at the ANC national executive committee (NEC), with ailing SOEs Eskom and SAA likely to be the main topics of discussion.
This comes as the pressure mounts on President Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Gordhan from his cabinet, from inside and outside the ANC, as well as from its alliance partners.
This comes after deputy president David Mabuza said last week that he believes Gordhan and the Eskom board misled Ramaphosa when they told him there would be no load-shedding before mid-January.
Union federation Cosatu, a key ANC alliance partner, has been one of the voices calling for Gordhan to be axed following Mabuza’s comments.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said Gordhan would be one of the ministers making a presentation to the meeting where he will have to give feedback on the progress made in his department. “[They] will have to give us feedback on the work that they themselves are doing in government to make sure that we turn the situation around,” Mabe said.
The power utility is in a dire financial situation and has had to implement rolling blackouts across the country. Numerous ANC insiders have been deeply critical of both Gordhan’s failure to turn Eskom around and his political and leadership style.
Mabe dismissed assumptions that the weekend’s meeting would be used by factions within the ANC to attack Gordhan and call for his removal. “The NEC has never sat and discussed individual deployees, we don’t do that; it is the prerogative of the president to appoint members of the national executive.”
Mabe expressed the ANC’s support for Ramaphosa’s entire cabinet. “We have got full confidence in all the comrades that serve in the national executive, those who are ministers deployed by the ANC, and we still believe in their ability to implement our own resolutions coming out the of 54th national conference.”
Mabe said the ANC is focused on its agenda and critical issues and will communicate decisions it has taken after the meeting. “People of SA are waiting for leadership from the ANC,” he said.
The NEC will also be discussing the amendment to section 25 of the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation and will receive a presentation from Mathole Motshekga, who is an NEC member and chair of parliament’s ad hoc committee on the amendment.
The committee has published the draft bill to amend section 25, the “property clause” of the constitution, to tackle skewed land-ownership patterns dating back to the apartheid and colonial eras.
On Sunday, the ANC will start its two-day lekgotla at which it will be joined by all party deployees, its alliance partners Cosatu and the SACP, as well as experts from various fields.
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