South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing in Sandton near Johannesburg, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File photo
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The message of support, published in the Business Day newspaper, comes a day after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa -- a possible future president -- expressed concern about Gordhan's prosecution and said the minister had his support.The 15 business people, including former chief executives of Standard Bank and retailer Massmart, lauded Gordhan as an "outstanding" political leader.On Sunday, Deputy President Ramaphosa, who is seen as a strong contender to replace Zuma when his term ends in 2019, said the case was of concern to many South Africans.
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