By Pinky Khoabane
It wasn’t long ago that EFF’s Julius Malema was reportedly on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s side in the spat between the minister and the Hakws. Just a couple of weeks ago, he said Gordhan had nothing to fear as he was not guilty.
At the time, he accused President Jacob Zuma of trying all means possible to get his hands on the Treasury. “But he will not get hold of it because if he tries anything stupid, this economy will collapse,” he said.
In the last week, UnCensored and BlackOpinion exposed the extent to which Treasury was captured by white capitalists and the numerous companies in which the finance minister held a stake.
In a series of columns, I warned about the seriousness of the threats made by former finance minister and now employee of the Rothchild banking group that the economy would collapse if Gordhan was arrested. A day or so later, Futuregrowth, a subsidiary of Old Mutual on whose board Manuel sits, pulled the plug on State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) declaring that it would no longer fund them. The travesty we exposed, was that Old Mutual and many other financial institutions are funded by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) through Treasury.
A week is a long time in politics and a fortnight even longer.
Malema has definitely changed his tune:
Malema Quotes on Gordhan
“Pravin has shares in all the companies you can think of…
“We don’t speak about how the Ruperts and they have captured Pravin and white monopoly capital has captured the Treasury.
On Manuel and another former finance minister, Nhlanhla Nene
“They’re all captured, they all working for white capital,”
“When you take over that office, you will want to check who the Ruperts want. If Rupert doesn’t want, then you cant appoint”.
“He thinks he’s the most powerful man. He is untouchable. If you touch him the markets will react”.