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Gordhan fingers Zuma in SA looting spree

Gordhan makes allegations in a statement to a judicial panel.
Former South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan directly implicated Jacob Zuma in being part of an orchestrated campaign to loot billions of rand in taxpayer funds and decimate state institutions during his almost nine-year tenure as president.

Gordhan, who now oversees state companies, made the allegations in a statement to a judicial panel that’s investigating claims that members of the Gupta family exploited their close relationship with Zuma to influence cabinet appointments and raid public coffers a process known as state capture. Zuma, who quit in February under pressure from the ruling African National Congress, and the Guptas deny wrongdoing.

Gordhan, who is due to appear before the commission later this month, said his statement had been leaked to the media and declined to comment further. Bloomberg News was among several news organizations that obtained a copy.

Read: Public Protector investigating Ramaphosa ally Gordhan

Key highlights:

Gordhan revealed that he served for eight years in an administration that was misled, lied to and abused, so that state funds could be used for the benefit of a few families and individuals. The minister said he was the target of a campaign that appeared aimed at forcing him to quit as finance minister, and he was subjected to harassment by law enforcement agencies and some media houses. State capture became a sophisticated scheme that saw honest public servants being dismissed or sidelined, and created a climate of impunity in respect of crime and corruption, Gordhan said. Zuma repeatedly changed his cabinet, the boards of state companies and the management of government institutions in order to take control of them, according to the minister. Those entities were then plundered without any risk of those responsible being prosecuted, he said. Zuma ignored usual processes, including consulting with the cabinet, when he appointed his close ally Tom Moyane as head of the national tax agency in 2014. Moyane made serious allegations against Gordhan and refused to be accountable to him, while Zuma did nothing to intervene in their deteriorating relationship. The former president pressured members of his administration to push through a deal to buy new nuclear plants from Russia but encountered resistance from Gordhan and the National Treasury, which insisted on properly evaluating the true cost and risks. The cabinet eventually approved the nuclear program, but it was derailed by a lawsuit filed by civil-rights groups.

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Struggling motif. Hellbent on proofing the old S.A right. Plain thievery in all sectors of ones proud S.A state enterprises is not capture but stealing. Worst, they expect, and getting it,up to now, a applauding voter public. Hoping they will be given property rights. Farming, hard labor, the old did that. New leaders showed the modern way, calling it capture.

My optimism is dampened by the fact that the office of the Public Prosecutor is currently headed by a geriatric, visually impaired Jack Russell with bad bladder control. If I am mistaken, my apology, but it sure feels that way.

Just a finger? Thas nothing compared to how Zuma %$#!@# us all!

Gordhan your obsession with JZ is sickening now. If you have undisputable evidence of JZ stealing please take it to the relevant authorities and have him arrested. The man does not have immunity to prosecutuin and does not have access to state apparatus to sheild him. Go for him at Nkandla. otherwise juss keep quiet. Surely we cannot proceed as a coutry with you fellows dragging Zuma’s name everywhere to cover up for your failures as the new dispensation. The men left and we still saw the Rand weakening to around R16 to a dollar in recent times, but during Zuma’s tenure everythng was attributable to him. Now that he’s gone please work and prove that you the right persons for the job to revise and grow RSA, otherwise just retire like everyone else and let those with positive energy drive us foward. Wandibhowa.

Your support of Zuma is sickening! I guess the ruination of the country by Zuma and his army of looters makes you proud. It will take years to recover from the disgusting and disgraceful Zuma.

Dont see where i said im in support of Zuma… Comprehension is important. Zuma did not bring RSA to its knees on his own. Cyril, Gordhan and all the other comrades were complicit in this. We win as a team, and on the same token lose as a collective. All these people in the current administration served uder the Zuma administration,, now for any one off them to raise their hand and say nywee nywee zuma that, zuma this is what is sickening. Let them work and usher RSA foward. Lesson were learnt, time to thrust the engines foward. Icho.

This comment is instructive as there is obviously some support for the Zuma looting spree and I’m guessing it is or was the same in Zim; plenty of support for ZANU PF despite their obvious looting and ideological blindness driving the country to destruction. Gordhan is your true weather cock, wafting whichever way the wind blows; supporting Zuma through votes in parliament, timid as a mouse. Now that the tide has turned, he’s at the forefront of putting the boot in. Spineless.

But it’s great to see anyone put the boot into Zuma, no?

Interesting that he suddenly finds out that the Zuptas looted the country. Why did he nothing while he was serving under Zuma?

I’m afraid Gordhan is compromised. Just like every other cadre.

In the end, he a Communist who is a senior ANC leader. That means thoroughly compromised.

The question I have with all of this State Capture Enqiry, why did all these people not blow the whistle when it happened.

Call me stupid but when you witness someone committing a crime and say nothing are you not in effect aiding and abetting?

If you are in a gang you are a gangster. There are no good gangsters. You are just a gangster. How many votes to remove Zuma were defeated by support from the other gangsters (cadres)..? I predict a split and a shock in the 2019 election. “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time..”

Minister Gordhan, Sir, Why didn’t “your” ANC vote JZ out at the first motion of no confidence in parly when the first revelations of his corruptive behaviour surfaced. And then thereafter there were 7 other motions, which were defeated by ANC MP’s. Why were you’ll protecting him?

That’s the question that must be answered by you, the president and all 280 or so spineless ANC MP’s.

ANC Must Fall! They’re all as crooked as a barrel of snakes.

Woza 2019!

I view Gordhan (along with Jonas, Fygie Mentoor, Thuli Madonsela, the SABC 8 and a handful of others) as heroes who spoke and continue to speak truth to corrupt power.

The crucial question is always Cui bono? (To Whose Benefit?) Certainly, none of the above benefited from their principled actions.

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