Ramaphosa joins Zuma in applauding Gordhan

Ramaphosa says he’s glad Zuma issued a statement in which he says he wants Gordhan to remain Finance Minister.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Amid questions about possible political motives behind the move, by the Hawks, against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan; both the president and deputy president have expressed their confidence in Gordhan.

President Jacob Zuma's office said earlier that claims of a dispute between him and the Finance Minister are false, and he wants Gordhan to stay in his job.

At the same time, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa echoed the president's stance, saying he's glad Zuma issued a statement to that effect.

Ramaphosa was speaking at a funeral service for late Former Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University today, as Gordhan sat in the audience.

"I would like, standing here (sic) to pledge my total confidence in the minister of finance, [and] in the way that he has been doing his work."

The deputy president has called for circumspection in the process involving Gordhan.

"Whatever various agencies of government have to do, we should do it in a way that doesn't destabilise government and our economy and doesn't demonstrate to our people that we are a government that's at war with itself."

The funeral was streamed live by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.