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‘Those at­tack­ing the minister are deeply em­bed­ded in what is go­ing wrong in our coun­try’

A war against Pravin Gordhan is a war against ac­count­abil­ity and an ef­fort to dis­credit those who could ex­pose the EFF’s scan­dals, po­lit­i­cal columnist Max du Preez said.

He named the EFF’s al­leged links to the VBS Mu­tual Bank col­lapse as one scan­dal where the party has been ac­cused of ben­e­fit­ing mil­lions.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Ralph Mathekga agrees. “The EFF are masters of dis­rup­tive pol­i­tics,” he says. “They trade con­spir­a­cies on the streets, where they’re ac­count­able to no one, while ben­e­fit­ing from func­tion­ing for­mal in­sti­tu­tions such as the courts.

“The party prac­tises the most insincere and disin­gen­u­ous form of pol­i­tics that plays on gen­uine is­sues of so­ci­ety but with no aim to find ac­tual solutions, only to re­main the dis­rup­tor.”

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