Analysts: Gordhan’s future part of ANC internal debate

The ANCWL, David Makhura and Jackson Mthembu ignored the ANC’s request to stay mum on the matter.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Sars briefing on 01 April 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say Pravin Gordhan's future remains part of an internal debate within the African National Congress (ANC) which has polarised the ruling party on whether he should remain in his position as finance minister.

The Presidency issued a statement saying it supports Gordhan after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided to charge him with fraud, but members of the party's top six have remained silent on the issue.

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Luthuli House asked people to remain silent on the issue, but the ANC Women's League, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and the party's Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu have all ignored that request.

Minister Gordhan has indicated that he will not resign and National Treasury has rallied behind him to ensure that he finalises the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement due to be tabled at the end of the month.

Political analyst Sipho Seepe says it's unlikely that the president will ask Gordhan to step aside.

"I do not think that other factions within the ANC will be agreeable to that."

However, analyst Daniel Silke says there could be a Cabinet reshuffle.

"It could very well be that doubts about criminal charges is enough to justify a cabinet reshuffle. His (Pravin Gordhan) hold on his position is also part of an internal debate within the ANC."

It appears that the debate remains within the ANC with factions for and against Finance Minister to continue in his position.

The party's top six haven't held a meeting on the matter as yet, as the president and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe have been out of the country.