Former Speaker Frene Ginwala publicly slams Zuma, supports “respectable” Gordhan

African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Frene Ginwala has come out in support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Ginwala has also criticised President Jacob Zuma for not answering questions posed by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela regarding the state capture probe.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News on wide range of issues, Ginwala described the current political developments in the country as a mess.

Ginwala says other senior ANC leaders like Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi have done well by supporting Gordhan.

“He’s always been a respectable person, I don’t know anything that would make him lose that respect.”

The former National Assembly speaker and now deputy chair of the ANC integrity committee also weighed in on the state capture report, questioning why Zuma hasn’t yet answered questions sent to him by Madonsela.

“Madonsela says she’s been waiting since March, so we must put pressure on the president.”

She has called on other ANC leaders and members to speak out against what she’s described as a political mess.

"For the sake of our future" press release sent out by ANC stalwarts (scroll down for names of the signatories):

This press release has been prepared on behalf of long standing stalwarts (names attached) of the African National Congress (ANC) who have been and remain deeply concerned about the present situation within our country and our movement.

The signatories have come together out of a profound sense of commitment to the ANC and importantly, to the future of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

We remain devoted to the principles and values that have been the hallmark of the ANC for over 100 years, values that are encapsulated in the Constitution of our country and the Freedom Charter.

Given the signatories’ length of service to the ANC and the country we would add value to the process of introspection to which the ANC has committed itself.

Collectively and as individuals we have attempted to engage with the President of the ANC and the other senior five elected office bearers of the ANC, (through the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), the letter was sent directly to the President as well), in the belief that our diverse and long standing involvement and knowledge of the movement could contribute to correcting many of the Ills that have befallen our organisation.

Regrettably, the response by the OSG has focused on administrative and structural internal processes of the movement and appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency that the signatories feel.

The pace of events unfolding in the ANC, Government, and civil society severely limits the ability of many within the African National Congress to use the normal internal processes and largely dysfunctional structures to raise concerns and potential solutions; there is simply not the time.

We believe that the overwhelming majority of ANC members who are committed to the real values of the ANC will understand this and give their support to any initiative that helps strengthen the movement, government, the role of Parliament, and the institutions of the state to ensure the necessary corrections take place, before it is too late.

Any initiative of this nature will see people who seek to question motives.

This is understandable, and the loudest criticism will come from those who do not necessarily have the best interests of our movement and the country at heart.

As signatories we stand in solidarity with the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and the other accused, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay. We strongly believe the charges are without foundation and clearly show a misuse of state agencies, when the NPA and other agencies should be focusing on cases of corruption and the misuse of public funds. We urge all members of the ANC to show their support for the three accused on Wednesday, 2nd of November 2016 at the Pretoria regional court. No stalwart who believes in the historical values of the ANC can abstain from this issue.

As with any political organisation there are mistakes that need to be corrected.

Historically, the ANC has faced many challenges, but because of leadership, introspection and honest self-criticism, the movement has been able to grow in strength and stature, in the eyes of our membership, communities of South Africa and the international community.

The trust between the ANC and communities, built over up over so many years, is now severely under threat.

Communities that have looked to the ANC for leadership and who we should serve, increasingly see self-enrichment, corruption, nepotism and the abuse of power - the moral high ground that the ANC enjoyed is being lost.

As stalwarts and long serving members of the ANC we have a profound responsibility to the movement and the country to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed.

We believe that the overwhelming majority of our citizens embrace the values of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of our country and share this view.

  1. Kathrada Ahmed
  2. Goldberg Denis
  3. Mlangeni Andrew
  4. Appelraju Premi
  5. Aboobaker Goolam
  6. Botha Ntombazana
  7. Browde Selma
  8. Cachalia Ismail
  9. Carolus Cheryl
  10. Chiba Laloo Issu

  11. Chikane Frank
  12. Chikane Moss
  13. Coleman Audrey
  14. Coleman Max
  15. Colvin Louise
  16. Coovadia Cas
  17. Coovadia Hoosain
  18. Dyer Rob
  19. Erwin Alec

  20. Fischer Ilse
  21. Frene Ginwala
  22. Kemp Stephanie
  23. Govender Krish
  24. Hogan Barbara
  25. Jassat Abdulhay
  26. Jordan Zweledinga Pallo
  27. Kgositsile Keorapetse
  28. Langa Mandla
  29. Lujabe-Rankoe Thandi

  30. Luthuli Albertina
  31. Mafolo Titus
  32. Mahlwempu Nontsikelelo
  33. Makalima Mfengu
  34. Manuel Trevor
  35. Marule Jacob
  36. Masala Mzwandile
  37. Masekela Barbara
  38. Matabane Dumi
  39. Mayatula Shepherd

  40. Mbatha Khulu
  41. Metcalfe Mary
  42. Mdolomba T
  43. Mfengu Makalima
  44. Mkhabela Sam
  45. Mkhatshwa Smangaliso
  46. Mkhwanazi Ata
  47. Mntwaphi Patricia
  48. Mntambo Zweli Vincent
  49. Modise Billy

  50. Modise Jackie
  51. Modise Yoliswa
  52. Mokate Renosi
  53. Molefe Popo
  54. Moloi Super
  55. Mongalo Antonio
  56. Moolla Moosa ‘Mosie’
  57. Morobe Murphy
  58. Msimang Mavuso
  59. Mtshizana T

  60. Mtshali Eric
  61. Mufamadi Sydney
  62. Muller Mike
  63. Mxolisi Mali
  64. Ndzanga Rita
  65. Nhlapo Welile
  66. Naidoo Prema
  67. Nene Gorge
  68. Ngcakani Zolile
  69. Nkomo Mokubung

  70. Nkosi Joanne
  71. Nkosi Morley
  72. Nyanda Siphiwe
  73. Pahad Essop
  74. Pahad Aziz
  75. Pillay Ivan
  76. Pillay Thumba
  77. Pityana Sipho
  78. Plum Daniel Edward
  79. Rabkin Sue

  80. Randera Fazel
  81. Rara M
  82. Ratshitanga Ratshaka
  83. Reddy Jairam
  84. Sangweni Angela
  85. Sangweni Stan (Stanislaus Skumbuzo Mzilankatha)
  86. Seopasengoe Connie
  87. Seroke Joyce
  88. Serote Mongane
  89. Shope Gertrude

  90. Sisulu Sheila
  91. Skweyiya Zola
  92. Smithers Maurice
  93. Tikly Mohammed
  94. Turok Mary
  95. Turok Ben
  96. Twala N
  97. Vundla Mfundi
  98. Vil-Nkomo Sibusiso
  99. Stella Williams

  100. Williams Tim
  101. Wilson Tim
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