Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said he would not be threatened by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Gordhan said the EFF’s offered to attempt to keep him from exhibiting presenting his budget was a “defence of state capture”.
He was talking after EFF MPs were launched out from his budget vote on Thursday subsequent to naming him a “constitutional delinquent” and moving toward him at the platform, a move completely denounced by every single other party in the House.
Gordhan persevered all through the fracas. “What you’ve witnessed is a defence of state capture, because one must ask ‘what is it that motivates ordinary Members of Parliament to engage in such intimidatory tactics?’ And the question you, ourselves and the public must ask, is what do they have to hide?”
Gordhan said he would not be deflected. “Intimidation of this kind, let me say very clearly and categorically, is not going to intimidate me and stop us from fighting the good fight.”
Gordhan referred to party colleagues, who like him, had faced the might of the apartheid state: “We’ve survived apartheid, we’ll survive this fascist populism.”
EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu, talking in the Treasury budget debate, congratulated his MPs for what he called their “courageous action”.
Meanwhile, there have been mixed reactions from South Africans after the incident here’s how some South Africans felt.
So Gordhan has no legal right to approach the courts to have the reports reviewed? While on that, when did the EFF physically confront Nxamalala? Or that is just reserved for Gordhan? https://t.co/9O9V3mwql5
— Kgaugelo S. Wa Lecowza (@kgaugelo_SM) July 12, 2019
It was EFF that mobilized the greatest against Zuma for release of State Capture Report & establishment of the commission. We protested when Zuma used illegal intelligence report to fire Gordhan from cabinet. Why? No one must undermine the constitution & think EFF will be silent!
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) July 12, 2019
Very bravely. Minister Pravin #Gordhan was not intimidated by the #EFF thugs, in fact he urged them to TOUCH him & the fascists retreated. The irony of “constitutional delinquent” was displayed so aptly by the Fascists.
DIVIDE & RULE WON’T WORK IN OUR DEMOCRACY.#StandWithPravin https://t.co/wGI5I9G5wQ
— #FreePalestine #FreeKashmi ??? (@JeSuis4Peace) July 12, 2019