In an astonishing attack on former Treasury heavyweights Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas, ANC provincial executive committee member Andile Lungisa yesterday accused them of paying the rating agencies to downgrade South Africa to junk status.
Lungisa said the pair had started attacking the ANC only after they had been turfed out of the Treasury.
Lungisa was giving the Oliver Reginald Tambo Memorial Lecture at the Zwide Community Hall.
“There are people who get deployed by the ANC into government. Some become ministers but when the ANC decides to redeploy them elsewhere, or remove them, they go around mobilising society against our movement,” Lungisa said.
“You will know some of those, like Pravin. Some of them are from Uitenhage, like Mcebisi Jonas.”
Lungisa quoted Tambo speaking at an ANC conference in Morogoro, saying comrades who disrupted the organisation should be brought to book.
He said at Morogoro Tambo had called on his followers to “wage a reckless war against disrupters and defend the ANC against provocateurs and enemy agents, defend the revolution against the enemy propaganda”.
Lungisa called on comrades to be vigilant of people who only loved the ANC when they were in positions but created divisions when they were not.
He also called for nationalisation of mines and local beneficiation of their products to lower the prices locally.
He said it was not true that state-owned enterprises were poorly managed.
“We have Transnet responsible for our ports but we have never heard of any ship that sank at our ports. We also have SAA managed by the state but we have never heard of any SAA aircraft missing,” he said.
Jonas and Gordhan could not be reached for comment.