Pravin Gordhan takes Van Rooyen’s place

2015-12-16 06:00

PRAVIN GORDHAN has been appointed as the minister of finance, replacing David van Rooyen who had been put in the seat four days before he was removed.

The Presidency issued a statement on Sunday (13/12) confirming the appointment.

“I have received many representations to reconsider my decision. As a democratic government, we emphasise the importance of listening to the people and to respond to their views,” the Presidency said in a statement.

“I have appointed Pravin Gordhan, the current minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), as the new minister of Finance. Minister Gordhan will return to a portfolio that he had held proficiently during the fourth administration.”

Van Rooyen, who replaced Nhlanhla Nene, will be transferred to Cogta. He was appointed on Wednesday (09/12) and sworn in on Thursday (10/12) amid mixed reactions from the country. The move also saw the rand plummeting to its lowest mark in years.

“I have also decided to appoint the current minister of finance, David van Rooyen, as the new minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affair.”

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