JOHANNESBURG The ANC Youth Leaguehas launched a scathing attack on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa,calling him an unprincipled man with double standards.
The league has told Eyewitness News it has no confidence in Ramaphosa and has criticized him for coming out in support of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The deputy president joined several senior ANC members, including Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom and the party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu,in support of Gordhan.
The Finance Minister is expected to appear in court next week on fraud charges related to the early retirement and reemployment of former Sars Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay.
ANCYLs General Secretary Njabulo Nzuza says they have issues with Ramaphosa offering his moral and political support for Gordhan.
One is very disappointed with the deputy president. I think he has double standards.
He says the minister has caused a fracas by diving institutions of state and by portraying a government at war with itself.
We have a problem with him, issues of confidence and double standards.
The league says if the deputy president was principled he would have supported any leader in government who has been charged.
TheANCYL also wants the ANCs integrity committee to investigate Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, saying the charges he faces have put a dent in the party’s image.
The leagues Njabulo Nzuza says the committee must prove its own integrity by investigating Gordhan.
When Marius Fransman was charged, the integrity committee zoomed in. Pravin Gordhan was also charged, the committee must also move in and it must not deal with matters in two different ways.
He says the committees double standards has led the league to question the bodys credibility.