Still no reason on why Zuma ordered Gordhan home from London

President Zuma’s order for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return home immediately led to speculation about whether he wanted to remove him as quickly as possible.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan salutes the crowd as they applaud him during the official state funeral of struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada on 29 March 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Four days after President Jacob Zuma ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return home, there’s still no official word on why the order was given or if he wants to remove him from his post.

On Wednesday, Cabinet met in Pretoria after the meeting was postponed for the funeral of Ahmed Kathrada.

At the same time, it appears parts of the African National Congress (ANC) may be disagreeing over Gordhan’s future.

Zuma’s order for Gordhan to return home immediately led to speculation about whether he wanted to remove him as quickly as possible.

But now it appears there’s been a delay while Gordhan himself has met with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

But divisions appear to be showing within the ANC.

On Wednesday, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu tweeted a photograph of himself with Gordhan calling him a friend, leader and comrade.

But Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said in a website column, that the hysteria around Gordhan showed our democracy was being held to ransom by foreign entities.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)