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Economist Dawie Roodt has said, "We have a corrupt president who is trying to stay out of jail by getting rid of Ministers who do not support him, like Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan".Roodt predicts many other heads of Ministers, who do not agree with Zuma, will roll in the future. Peter Attard Montalto, a Research Analyst at Nomura, says Zuma's vendetta against Gordhan is finally playing out as predicted. According to Montalto, if he is successful, Zuma and his allies will fully capture the National Treasury.
“The issue here is about access to the National Treasury and the ability of factions within the ANC to control it and use its powers to win the elective conference in December 2017,” he said.Economist Mike Schussler called the decision to charge Gordhan a “sad day for honest people”.