Gordhan backed by Ramaphosa in face of Zuma slamming


South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa reveals that Lesotho will hold National General Elections towards the end of February 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has thrown his weight behind Pravin Gordhan.

He has made it clear that a government should not be seen to be at war with itself.

"It should concern us because when a government works well, it should be a government that does not wage war against itself."

"And I would like, standing here, to pledge my total confidence in the minister of finance. In the way that he has been doing his work."

Ramaphosa was at the funeral for Makhenkesi Stofile representing Zuma, who is out of the country.

A number of prominent ANC members came out being critical of the president Thursday. 

They also supported the call for an early elective congress.

President Jacob Zuma has expressed his support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but says he can’t stop the Hawks investigation into the finance minister’s involvement in the establishment of the so-called rogue unit at Sars.

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Speakers at the funeral said Stofile raised concerns about the ANC before his death, but his letters went unanswered.

Eastern Cape ANC leaders have used former Minister Makhenkesi Stofile&39;s funeral to slam the party and President Jacob Zuma.

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Ramaphosa added, "Whatever the agencies of government must do, they must do it in a way that does not disturb our economy, that does not demonstrate to our people that we are a government at war with itself."

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also repeated the late Makhenkesi Stofile&39;s call for the ANC to reflect on its mistakes.

“Part of the failure we have, as Stofile used told us,is that once you lose the hegemony, once you are off the intellectual and moral high ground as movement your ability to steer transformation will be constrained, if not blocked completely. And cde Stofile would have told us that we are fast stepping off the high moral and intellectual ground. That these are forbears left with us as the movement.”

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Dr Mathews Phosa, the former ANC Treasury General implored, said when interviewed on eNCA about the Hawks issue surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to, "Stop the controversy."

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