DA wants #BudgetDebate postponed
The finance minister is currently on a mission abroad to meet with investors and ratings agencies.
CAPE TOWN Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan s absence from an important budget debate in Parliament this afternoon has sparked a war of words between the African National Congress (ANC) the Democratic Alliance.
The DA says it is unacceptable that Gordhan wont be present and wants the debate postponed until next week.
But the chairperson of Parliaments standing committee on finance, Member of Parliament (MP) Yunus Carrim says the circumstances are exceptional.
Gordhan is on a mission abroad to meet with investors and ratings agencies, to spread his budget message and try and avert South Africa being downgraded to junk status.
It will be the first time in South Africas democratic history that the finance minister wont be present when parties debate the fiscal framework.
The DAs David Maynier says, Its completely unacceptable for the minister not to be here for a budget debate in Parliament, and so weve asked for the debate to be postponed until next week so the minister can be present.
Carrim says Gordhans absence cant be avoided.
Its not as if the minister chose by whim not to be here, hes got a very competent deputy minister who can well handle the issues in the house and I think this once again betrays the DAs complete lack of commitment to some sort of national interest, notwithstanding our huge differences on economic and other policies.
Carrim says the law imposes tight lines for Parliament to deal with the budget and that postponing todays debate is out of the question.
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