The following are news highlights in South African major media outlets on Monday.
— The South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Sunday that calls for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be fired are “factional palace politics”.
“We do not like this thing, as ministers, of being shouted at from the streets to be removed,” said SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande.(News24)
— The South African Revernue Service (SARS) cannot be made a political football, said former finance minister Trevor Manuel as tensions reach boiling point between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and SARS head Tom Moyane.
The quality of South Africa’s democracy is thrown in the spotlight since issues surrounding the National Budget are political, Manuel said on Sunday at a panel of progressive thinkers at a KPMG breakfast discussion on the Budget Speech that was delivered by Gordhan on Wednesday.(Fin24)
— Monday marks 39 years since PAC founding member, Robert Sobukwe died.
Sobukwe played a vital role in the fight against apartheid after breaking away from the African National Congress (ANC) and instigated a revolt against pass laws.(South African Broadcasting Corporation) Enditem