Johannesburg - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s response “Wait 'til I write a book, I’ll tell it all” to allegations by former President Jacob Zuma that he had relayed a message from Johann Rupert saying he would collapse the rand if Pravin Gordhan was fired could be a strategy to protect his current position, a political analyst believes.
In his testimony before the Zondo Commission, Zuma said that Mbalula had told him that business mogul Johann Rupert had told him to tell the former president of the potential consequences of firing Gordhan.
In his first day of testifying Zuma told the commission that Rupert had told Mbalula, “ ‘Minister Mbalula, if Zuma removes Gordhan, we’ll shut down the economy of the country, we’ll make the rand flat on the ground. You must go and tell him.’
“And indeed Mbalula told me,” Zuma told the commission on a first day of testifying that also included labeling senior ANC figure Ngoako Ramatlhodi a spy.
Political analyst Xolani Dube believes that Mbalula was being cautious with his response and was avoiding getting himself into trouble.