DA accuses Zuma of undermining Pravin Gordhan
Zuma yesterday defended his appointment of backbench MP Des Van Rooyen as finance minister.
Zuma told reporters yesterday Van Rooyen, whom he replaced with Gordhan after just four days, was 'more qualified' in finance than any other he'd appointed.
The DA's finance spokesperson David Maynier says it's unwise of Zuma to try and defend the appointment.
Maynier says Gordhan is in a tight spot as he prepares to deliver a budget that responds to the country's economic crisis and the risk of a downgrade to junk status.
"To get the economics right, the minister will have to get the politics right. The minister's capacity to do things differently is limited by the political space available to him inside the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) alliance."
Maynier says the view that Gordhan has a free hand when it comes to the budget is exaggerated.
The finance minister will deliver his budget speech in Parliament tomorrow afternoon.
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