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Mbalula accuses this man of wanting to cause Tension between him & Ramaphosa. See who he is.

Pretoria: Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is accused by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula of leaking damaging information about him to hurt him and cause a rift with President Cyril Ramaphosa. Sources say that Mbalula also said that Phumla Williams, the head of the GCIS, didn't do enough to protect him from "attacks" by Gordhan and the media.

This happened after the Sunday Independent, which is related to the Pretoria News, said over the weekend that Ramaphosa had kicked Mbalula out of a meeting for not reading Cabinet memos and getting ready.

Fikile Mbalula allegedly accuses Pravin Gordhan of trying to cause rift between him and Cyril Ramaphosa

The paper also said that Mbalula's trouble, which led to him being kicked out of the government's virtual meeting on Economic Investment, Employment, and Infrastructure Development last week, came after Gordhan and other Cabinet members repeatedly complained about not having enough input. Sources say that Mbalula also said that Phumla Williams, the head of the GCIS, didn't do enough to protect him from "attacks" by Gordhan and the media.

This happened after the Sunday Independent, which is related to the Pretoria News, said over the weekend that Ramaphosa had kicked Mbalula out of a meeting for not reading Cabinet memos and getting ready. The paper also said that Mbalula's trouble, which led to him being kicked out of the government's virtual meeting on Economic Investment, Employment, and Infrastructure Development last week, came after Gordhan and other Cabinet members repeatedly complained about not having enough input.

"After reading the newspaper on Sunday, he saw that the story was bad for him because it was the story everyone was talking about, and he felt like Pravin and Piet (Rampedi) were attacking him," one source said. "He told Phumla and Mondli that they need to explain how the news about the incident got out,"

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Africa News Agency (ANA)

Another person said that Mbalula also asked Williams and Gungubele why the GCIS didn't answer the Sunday Independent's question about the incident. "He told Mondli that he wasn't happy with how the GCIS answered the Sunday Independent's question, which led to Phumla's statement yesterday," said a second source.

Mbalula surprised many people on Monday when he used the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) to criticize people who leaked information about private Cabinet meetings without giving their names. The minister, who looked angry, said that the same people had tried and failed to interfere in Sanral's procurement processes, which was similar to tender corruption and state capture.

"I want to talk to them about the fact that they are asking me to do things in the dark, which is against what the state capture said. We don't run this country that way. You can't ask the minister to get involved in things like tenders, which were just banned. "But the same people, when they don't know what's going on, leak things to the media and call the minister to ask him to turn on and off the board," Mbalula said.

Minister in Presidency Mondli Gungubele. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

The sources said that Mbalula was talking about Gordhan, who, in Mbalula's opinion, had been working against him in the Cabinet for years. "Remember the iPad story from the Covid-19 lockdown in Cape Town? Mbalula gave his ideas for the president's speech. When it was time for the president to give the speech, the Ipad went missing. It wasn't lost," said the source, who also said that Gordhan and others had taken the iPad and edited out Mbalula's comments.

He also said that Mbalula thought Gordhan put him down during the "lost iPad" situation. "Yesterday, he was upset that some ministers would tell other people what went on in the Cabinet. And this was a long-term attack on him, especially from Cabinet ministers."

Yesterday, Mbulula told the Pretoria News to look at the statement Williams made on Monday. He said, "This was the government's answer to your garbage story of lies." Gungubele was quoted in the statement as saying that the story about how Ramaphosa kicked out Mbalula was "mischievous" journalism.

See the source image"The government doesn't agree with the Sunday Independent's prank article that says President Ramaphosa asked Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to leave a meeting because he wasn't ready and hadn't read Cabinet memos. These claims are not true, and they are meant to mislead the public.


Mondli Gungubele, a minister in the office of the president, said, "Cabinet discussions are private. This has been the rule for a long time, so these accusations are not true." Richard Mantu, who works as a spokesperson for Gordhan, acknowledged the questions but didn't answer them. Williams said that the government's statement came out on Monday and that there was nothing else to say.

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