South Africa: Forces of Fightback Against Reform in the ANC Are On the Back Foot

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Former SARS boss Tom Moyane's KO in his attempt to cross-examine Pravin Gordhan is further proof that forces of fightback are on the defensive.

The political fightback against reform by the agents of State Capture is real but it is now on the back foot. On Tuesday, former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane lost his bid to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, except on limited grounds.

With a reformist ANC, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, occupying the political high ground with only a wafer-thin majority, skirmishes from the powerful opposing faction have been regular and organised.

The arena for this fightback has moved and it has built a coalition of the wounded. The first battlefield was at SARS where powerful illicit economy godfathers are believed to have supported a fightback led by the EFF which opposed Moyane's ousting.

The second was Transnet and Eskom; the third was Luthuli House where the divisions are most stark.

In each of these locations, the reformers have enjoyed small victories which suggest the narrative of fightback is over-exposed in public discussion.

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Former South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane sits inside the...

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