An embattled but defiant Pravin Gordhan had a message for South Africa yesterday: “I am still finance minister.” Gordhan, who returned from an international investors’ roadshow in London after being recalled, made a public appearance at the Pretoria High Court, where he said he remained in charge of the country’s coffers. He told his questioners to “ask the president” whether he would remain finance minister much longer. He and Treasury officials still do not know the reason for their sudden recall from their overseas road show. Gordhan returns amid signs that the ante is being raised in the unfolding political battle as President Jacob Zuma prepares to reshuffle his cabinet. At a Nelson Mandela Foundation function to mark the death yesterday of struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela entered the fray with a dire warning to the country. “We cannot pretend South Africa is not in crisis. Our country is in crisis and those who do not see that‚ they are bluffing themselv...

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