Advertise with

Gordhan's job not in jeopardy - Presidency
Gordhan's job not in jeopardy - Presidency

Gordhan's job not in jeopardy - Presidency


Fin24 - Mar 1st 2016, 09:09

Johannesburg - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's job is not in jeopardy, the Presidency said on Monday (29 February). 

"The President wishes to emphasise that Minister Gordhan remains the Minister of Finance and any positing that the position of the Minister is under any threat is dismissed with the contempt it deserves," spokesperson Bongani Majola said.

Reports emerged on Friday (26 February) that Gordhan threatened to resign shortly before his Budget Speech last week after he received a list of 27 questions from the Hawks investigating the operation of a rogue unit at Sars.

The Hawks on Monday (29 February) denied that they are investigating the minister.

"We can confirm that as the Hawks we are investigating a case concerning the alleged illegal operations by a so-called ‘rogue unit’ within the South African Revenue Services (Sars), not Mr Gordhan per se," the unit said in a statement.

The minister had also reportedly given President Jacob Zuma an ultimatum, saying that either South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane must go or he would.

In December last year, Zuma replaced respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC backbencher David van Rooyen. Following a public outcry, Zuma replaced Van Rooyen with Gordhan and made Van Rooyen cooperative governance minister.

Since then, insiders say ANC leaders have given Gordhan a mandate to do whatever needs to be done to prevent South Africa from being downgraded to junk status.

Last week, however, Zuma told reporters that Van Rooyen was the most qualified finance minister he had ever appointed, prompting speculation of tensions between Zuma and Gordhan.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Friday (26 February) expressed the ruling party's support for Gordhan.

The Presidency on Monday (29 February) denied that there is any tension between Zuma and Gordhan, or that there is a "war" at Sars.

"This is a total fabrication and mischievous sensationalism," Majola said.

He said media reports that Zuma should dismiss Moyane are also not helpful.

"There are prescripts within government which stipulate the processes to be utilised to resolve labour relations issues or disputes within the work environment.

"The difficulty in the relationship between the Minister of Finance and the Sars commissioner is being dealt with through the correct channels using the correct legal prescripts," Majola said.

Zuma had already started meeting with Gordhan and Moyane on the matter before the State of the Nation Address earlier this month, he said.

Measures are being putting place to address the issues responsibly and amicably, for the benefit of all.

"We urge interested parties to exercise calm and restraint and allow space for the matters to be resolved using correct channels," said Majola.From 

Read more about: zuma | south africa | sars | moyane | hawks | gordhan

Related News

Regulation of online and mobile gambling in Africa must gather pace
29/10/2019 - 10:20
The gambling industry in Africa has been busy recently following the ICE Africa and Big African Summit events. These explored the current state of legal gambling within the continent and included conferences by established industry professionals.

Pick n Pay unveils its revamped "On Nicol" flagship store
18/10/2019 - 10:59
Pick n Pay’s flagship store On Nicol officially welcomed customers after a comprehensive revamp. The refurbished store has an exciting array of new offerings with the very best in retail concepts developed in South Africa and from around the world. Customers can expect an enhanced fresh food experience, a huge focus on product quality, a much-improved range, innovative third-party services, and refreshed customer service.

The signs are here that South Africa has reached its economic crossroad
03/12/2018 - 11:37
While South Africa attempts to shore up its own economy amid high inflation rates and a stuttering inherited financial system, the continent as a whole continues to grow. The big question, though, is whether South Africa will get left behind in terms of international investment if it doesn’t improve its financial situation, and how to avoid this.

R10 illegal cigarette pack becomes SA's top seller
29/11/2018 - 08:23
Research house Ipsos said that South Africa has become the first country in the world to allow an illegal cigarette brand to become a top seller, after Gold Leaf Tobacco’s RG brand became the top-selling brand in the country overall, overtaking all legal brands.

Egypt lifts SA fresh goods ban as listeriosis threat subsides
20/09/2018 - 14:32
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries says Egypt's government has lifted its temporary suspension of fresh fruits and vegetable imports from South Africa, which stood as a precaution to prevent the spread of listeriosis there.