Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu on Wednesday said the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) focus on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was based on a "deep-seated hatred" of Indians and because of Gordhan's attempts to clean out corruption in SOEs.
"Mr President, you have never shied away from constructive criticism and robust debate which is a hallmark of our democracy, however, we want to differentiate between robust and constructive criticism, as opposed to disrespect, rudeness and uncouth behaviour as shown by others in this House," Mthembu said in the National Assembly. He was participating in a debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa's budget vote speech on Wednesday.
"As shown during last week's budget speech by Minister Pravin Gordhan, particularly by the EFF, why do the EFF pursue Gordhan so much? Let's just try and answer this question.