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ANC's Mantashe warns public not to 'ring fence' Gordhan

The secretary-general says he's noticed the minister is almost being treated as an institution himself.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says members of the public, who want to treat Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as an entity, separate to the ministry he serves, are putting him in a vulnerable position.

Mantashe says he's noticed, what he says is the 'ring fencing' of Gordhan, where he is almost being treated as an institution himself.

The secretary-general was reacting to recent reports of an alleged plot to remove Gordhan from his position in order to capture the National Treasury.

Mantashe says some people make claims about alleged activity surrounding Gordhan, believing they are protecting him.

"When you do that you're actually, even if you want to do that to express love for Pravin, you are actually harming."

But he says members of the public must remember Gordhan serves in the Finance Department and is not the ministry himself.

"You make him to be targeted as an institution called 'Pravin Gordhan' and there's no such institution."

Mantshe says if there are problems in the department, they should be dealt with as such, instead of isolating Gordhan from the Cabinet collective and making him the face of the problems.

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