Cosatu wants Zuma to explain Gordhan call-back

Cosatu’s General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali believes President Jacob Zuma has embarrassed South Africans over the current Pravin Gordhan matter.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Labour federation the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it wants an explanation from President Jacob Zuma on why he rescinded Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s international investment roadshow, saying whatever the reason, it must be a good one.

On Tuesday, Gordhan went straight to Luthuli House after landing at OR Tambo International Airport from London to meet with the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who’s name has also been reported as a possible replacement for the Finance Minister, was also at the party’s headquarters.

Cosatu’s Bheki Ntshalintshali believes President Zuma has embarrassed South Africans.

The general secretary says they expect a good reason for why the president cancelled the investment roadshow.

“It has to be good reason, that’s why we’re waiting with eagerness to find out.”

Gordhan and Treasury Directory-General Lungisa Fuzile have both confirmed they still don’t know why they were instructed to come back home with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has expressed its support f or Gordhan, calling him a brave man with a nerve of steel.

Gordhan confirmed on Tuesday he is still the Finance Minister, at least for now.

Ntshalintshali says this is what they think of Gordhan.

“He’s a brave man who believes in his own principles. He’s a man with a nerve of steel.”

He says if the reshuffle does happen and Gordhan is axed, it would be interesting to know the reasons for his ousting.

“We’ll be looking forward to people who might be taken out of their ministerial positions on the basis of poor performance, we’ve not seen that.

“So it will be interesting to see what could be the reason for these ministers if they’re taken out of their positions.”

Cosatu has previously come out in defence of the minister amid calls for him to be fired by some structures of the ANC.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)