ANC NEC: Full confidence in Gordhan “applauds” his work, urges fixing SAA

By Mpho Raborife, News24

Johannesburg – The ANC once again said it stood behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and called for a resolution to be found between him and the SA Revenue Service.

South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2016 budget address to the parliament in Cape Town, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

“The NEC directs that there should be a speedy resolution of the unseemly public spats between the finance minister and public agencies,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Pretoria, following the party’s national executive committee meeting over the weekend.

The relationship between Sars commissioner Tom Moyane and Gordhan was reported to be tense, with reports earlier this month saying Gordhan threatened to resign shortly before his budget speech. This came after he received a list of 27 questions from the Hawks investigating the operation of a “rogue unit” at Sars.

On Sunday, the ANC stood firmly behind Gordhan and said it was confident the country would still attract further investments.

“[The ANC] affirms its full confidence in the Minister of Finance and applauds the work of the President and the Minister to boost confidence in the South African economy, attract investments and avoid further downgrades,” Mantashe said.

He also highlighted the need for state-owned entities to adhere to the principles of good governance, perform optimally, to pursue financial viability and their developmental mandate.It called on the government to “rapidly” resolve the challenges facing the South African Airways board, in particular.”

Accordingly, the NEC expressed particular concern about the financial viability of South African Airways, continued governance challenges that have undermined its stability and competitiveness as well as its ability to pursue its turnaround strategy as adopted by Cabinet in 2013.”

Consequently, the NEC urged the government to rapidly resolve challenges facing the Board of SAA,” Mantashe said. – News24


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