Pravin Gordhan: Don’t ask me if I’m coming back

2014-02-26 14:22

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan pre-empted journalists’ questions over whether his fifth budget speech, which he delivered in Parliament today, would be his last one.

Right at the start of his prebudget vote briefing to reporters in Parliament this morning, Gordhan said: “A number of you are not going to be disciplined enough to resist the temptation to ask one or all of us: ‘Are you coming back’,” he said, chuckling and referring to his colleagues.

He was flanked by SA Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and acting commissioner of the SA Revenue Service Ivan Pillay.

“All of us serve at the pleasure of the president, so wait for the elections, and at the right occasion the president will formally tell you who is in the Cabinet,” he said. “So no questions related to that issue to be accommodated.”

There has been speculation that Gordhan would retire after this year following a report last year that he was consulting his family about future plans.

Some have been speculating that Gordhan could be replaced by former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, who is on the ANC’s list to Parliament.

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