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Zuma: Van Rooyen was the most qualified finance minister I've appointed

He touched on several topics at a meeting today, including the appointment of Des van Rooyen.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.
President Jacob Zuma,Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan,Pravin Gordhan,Nhlanhla Nene removed as the finance minister,David van Rooyen,Presidential Press Corps PPC
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PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma has defended his appointment of Des Van Rooyen as finance minister, saying he was the most qualified minister he has ever appointed to hold that portfolio. 

The president was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Press Corps (PPC) in Pretoria today, where he committed to have regular and candid briefings with the media. 

Zuma touched on several topics including his recent international engagements and the budget which will be delivered later this week

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The president says his relationship with the PPC will allow him to be communicate on important issues like his recent appointment and removal of van Rooyen. 

“That thing caused such havoc. People think Zuma just woke up one day and took a decision somewhere. Some have got their own reason that he was told by some people.”

Zuma defended van Rooyen’s credentials and suitability for the post. 

“You know van Rooyen is my comrade, MK for that matter. He is a trained finance and economic comrade and more qualified than any minister I have ever appointed, in the finance issue.”

Van Rooyen was eventually replaced by Pravin Gordhan.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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