'I am still the Finance Minister‚' says Pravin Gordhan
While speculation was rife over the future of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan‚ he confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that he was still occupying the position.
“Are you still the Minister of Finance?” a reporter asked Gordhan at the North Gauteng High Court.
“Yes‚ I am‚” Gordhan responded‚ making his way past a media contingent outside the courtroom.
He however‚ did not entertain further questions about whether he had resigned.
Earlier‚ Treasury spokesperson Yolisa Tyantsi told Times Live that she was unaware of rumours that Gordhan planned to resign.
“[There is] no such that I know of‚” said Tyantsi via text message‚ when asked to comment on reports of Gordhan’s imminent resignation.
This follows renewed speculation about Gordhan’s future after President Jacob Zuma on Monday recalled Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas from roadshows in London and the US‚ aimed at investors and ratings agencies‚ triggering renewed speculation of a cabinet reshuffle.
ANN7 earlier reported that Zuma had informed the ANC’s top six of plans to remove Gordhan.
Gordhan was believed to be the main target of a reshuffle.
The ANC’s top six spent Monday in marathon talks with the six leaders of the SA Communist Party‚ whose members have previously threatened to resign from cabinet if Zuma moves against Gordhan.