Mngxitama attacks Gordhan as 'minister of white monopoly capital'

27 June 2017 - 11:57 By Linda Ensor‚ Political Writer
Andile Mngxitama. File photo.
Andile Mngxitama. File photo.
Image: Gallo Images / Beeld / Deaan Vivier

Black First Land First (BLF) president Andile Mngxitama‚ a known Gupta ally‚ is continuing with its campaign against former finance minister Pravin Gordhan‚ enemy number one for the Gupta clan.

Mngxitama wrote a letter to the chairperson of Parliament's standing committee on finance asking for former finance minister Pravin Gordhan to be recused from Tuesday's committee meeting with SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni.

In writing the lengthy letter‚ Mngxitama was under the mistaken impression that Gordhan is a member of the finance committee when he is in a fact a member of the public enterprises committee.

"Black First Land First (BLF) demands that Pravin Gordhan recuses himself from the Standing Committee on Finance as there is overwhelming evidence that there is an apprehension of bias on his part which arises from him being conflicted‚ compromised and captured by white settler monopoly capital. To this end‚ evidence suggests that Gordhan might not‚ as a matter of real possibility‚ bring an impartial mind to bear upon the resolution of any issue(s) and or question(s) that may be identified in the briefing before the Committee as he wants the Chairperson of SAA removed‚" Mngxitama said.

BLF opposed Gordhan's decision to commission Bain & Co to advise on the merger of state-owned airlines.

"Hidden in the contract with Bain & Company is the undertaking to privatize SAA. There seems to be a coordinated strategy to achieve the sale of a large stake of SAA to white capital‚" Mngxitama said.

"It must be remembered that Gordhan didn’t want Myeni as Chairperson and is alleged to be undermining her at every turn. Gordhan‚ during his tenure as Finance Minister has correctly been accused of being a Minister of White Monopoly Capital.

"How Gordhan handled the saga of the closure of the Oakbay bank accounts last year further demonstrates that Gordhan is conflicted‚ compromised and beholden to white monopoly capital. Gordhan was appointed as the then Minister of Finance on the command of the white capitalists who were being served by Treasury. The current crisis over state owned enterprises (SOEs) are part of the ongoing 'state capture' by white capital‚" Mngxitama said in his letter‚ which includes a long list of allegations of Gordhan's "illegal" activities.