06/04/2017 09:08 SAST | Updated 06/04/2017 10:40 SAST

Pravin Gordhan Says The Country's Leadership Is Misleading Poor People

Speaking at Kathrada's memorial in Pretoria on Wednesday evening, Pravin Gordhan made several digs at the country's leadership

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South Africa's outgoing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gives a media briefing at his office in Pretoria, South Africa, March 31,2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Speaking at a memorial service for the late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada in Pretoria on Wednesday evening, former finance Pravin Gordhan shared his thoughts on South Africa's crisis and dug into the country's leadership.

He had a go at Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, saying that there was a limit when "it comes to the lies".

Gordhan recounted how he was summoned back to South Africa while on an investor roadshow abroad, only to find out days later than he had been fired as finance minister.

He called on civil servants to report corruption, and said that people were misleading the poor by oversimplifying the downgrade of the economy to junk status.

Ratings agency S&P downgraded South Africa to sub-investment grade, or junk status, on Monday, for reasons of political and institutional uncertainty, following the shock executive reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma in the early hours of Friday morning.

Gordhan also spoke about how the injustices and the crisis at large didn't happen in isolation.