'Being deployed & redeployed is part of politics'
David van Rooyen maintains that he did not take personally the decision to move him in and out of finance.
JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen has again maintained that he did not take personally President Jacob Zuma's decision to move him in and out of the finance ministry.
In December, Zuma swapped his finance ministers around in a series of moves that sent the country's economy into a tail spin.
He was eventually forced to appoint the experienced Minister Pravin Gordhan to steady the ship and help the economy recover.
Speaking this morning, van Rooyen says being deployed and redeployed is part of politics.
"Politically, we are prepared for such things. Look I got into this thing at an early stage in my life, at the age of 15 years. I was exposed to this way of doing things and we are prepared for some of these things. At any given time, we are ready to be assigned wherever."
The minister also says he is satisfied with the voting registration that took place this weekend, adding that only a handful of stations experienced problems.
He said one of the key issues his department has identified is improving communication with communities in dysfunctional municipalities.
Van Rooyen said over a million people registered to vote this weekend in the upcoming local elections, and problems were experienced at only a handful of stations.
He has described the registration weekend as a success, adding that a lot of work is being done in troubled municipalities but residents are not always aware of government's efforts.