ANCYL: Gordhan acting like Jesus Christ

The ANCYL launched attacks on the finance minister and the Public Protector following its NEC meeting.

Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan at the Ahmed Kathrada foundations Banquet on Heritage day. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has accused Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan of portraying himself like Jesus and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of working for the CIA, adding that the two are pushing an agenda through the Public Protector's probe into the Gupta family.

Yesterday, the league held a briefing following its National Executive Committee meeting.

ANCYL deputy General Secretary Thandi Moraka says Gordhan is not an angel.

"We equally call on Pravin to not to fall into the trap of wanting to be a Jesus Christ and claiming that in the entire movement, he's the only one who's committed to fight criminals."

ANCYL president Collin Maine says this also applies to Madonsela.

"She's actually behaving like a popcorn in all other matters she's handling. What we understand is that her handlers are CIA."

The league say the fact that Treasury gave Madonsela's office a guarantee to continue funding her investigation into the Gupta family's influence on the state, shows the two are pushing an agenda.

The league said Madonsela's office ran out of funds to process outstanding cases but surprisingly received a cash guarantee from the National Treasury to continue with the Gupta probe.

Moraka said Treasury and Madonsela are pushing an agenda.

"This is cause for serious concern between Treasury and Thuli Madonsela as an individual."

Madonsela has stated her investigation into the family's influence on the state is at an advanced stage and says she hopes to finish it before her term ends next month.

ANCYL SALUTE BOTH MOTSOENENG AND MYENI

The league has also sung the praises of both former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni, insisting that the pair have done well in their portfolios.

Myeni has come under fire in recent months over her perceived proximity to President Jacob Zuma.

She was controversially reappointed to the post of board chair, despite the airline needing yet another bailout from Treasury.

Last week, it emerged that SAA's losses for the 2014/2015 financial year amounted to R5.6 billion.

The league claims Myeni and Motsoeneng are being attacked for transforming state-owned enterprises.

Deputy General Secretary Thandi Moraka says: "We want to affirm our confidence in both the former SABC COO and the chairperson of SAA comrade Dudu Myeni-Zuma in their quest to transform these SOEs."

It's unclear why the league referred to Myeni as Zuma in its statement.

WORLD LOSING TRUST IN SOUTH AFRICA

Over the weekend, Gordhan said the world is losing trust in South Africa and has called on leaders in government to regain this trust.

Gordhan was speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Heritage Day banquet last night.

He said government leaders must wake up and rededicate themselves to building democracy.

"The public, throughout the world and in South Africa, is losing trust in us that we're here not to work for them, we're here to work for ourselves. That everything we do is meant to enrich us, not better their position.

"And this trust, which many leaders at the G20 level three weeks ago in China spoke about it quite openly as well, is something that can lead to all sorts of phenomenon.

"And so we need to go out of our way, both those in government and outside of government, to regain the public trust and again some leaders in the ANC have been talking about this as well."

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RAMPANT CORRUPTION

Gordhan said there are real counter-revolutionaries in the country who prevent people, including himself, from improving the lives of South Africans.

He said there are people who made it their duty to protect the corrupt and attack enemies of corruption.

"Today we even have a propaganda machine that's unashamedly protecting the corrupt, attacking the enemies of corruption and constantly co-opting, obviously with a lot of money, individuals and state institutions to serve their very narrow purposes."

He said as the struggle for good governance advances, the contestation for resources intensifies.

"What fighting among ourselves does to the greater course to the national interest and where the country is able to go. And if we don't understand that weakness, if we can't correct it and more importantly it has the damaging effect for many years."

He ended the speech by quoting the constitution and calling on people to respect the law.

"Every citizen is equal before the law, Hawks or no Hawks."