Testifying at the Zondo Commission, South Africa’s Public Minister of Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, spoke about being fired by ex-President Jacob Zuma, his statement to the Commission being leaked as well as the African National Congress (ANC) falling short of its “mission.”
Below are some of Pravin Gordhan’s quotes on the matter.
“It was not until March of the following year that I learned that I was relieved of my duties as the minister just after midnight. I was not extended the courtesy of being told that I was relieved of my duties.” – Pravin Gordhan, Fin24, 19 November 2018
“The draft statement that I and my legal team had interactions on only was seen by Mr. Pretorius. Yet there are already tweets comparing the first and final draft. I would like the commission to consider this, as it is quite fascinating that some seem to have access to these.” – Pravin Gordhan, Fin24, 19 November 2018
“It would be fair to say that, firstly, as a governing party, our first accountability is to the South African public. We have to correct the historical wrongs. And as the constitution eventually says, we have to transform this country. Have we fallen short of that mission? Probably.” – Pravin Gordhan, Times Live, 19 November 2018
“Throughout the world, fake news is a reality. All of that is to ensure that elites or small groups of people become beneficiaries of distractive processes. People will defend their largesse or access to their largesse.” – Pravin Gordhan, Times Live, 19 November 2018
“There will be those of us who fervently still believe in the core principles of the ANC’s constitution and the constitution of our country. As best as we can, we try to achieve those objectives in the day-to-day practices we actually engage in.” – Pravin Gordhan, Times Live, 19 November 2018