Gordhan at Pretoria High Court, confirms he's still Finance Minister
Pravin Gordhan arrived back in SA on Tuesday morning after being ordered by President Jacob Zuma to cut short an international investor roadshow.
PRETORIA - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is at the Pretoria High Court, and when asked by Eyewitness News whether he is still the Finance Minister, he said 'yes'.
Gordhan approached the court to have it declare that he does not have the power to intervene in the fight between Gupta-owned companies and the banks, after the country’s big four banks closed the Guptas’ business accounts, citing reputational risk.
He arrived back in South Africa on Tuesday morning after being ordered by President Jacob Zuma to cut short an international investor roadshow, prompting speculation that a Cabinet reshuffle is imminent.
The finance minister says questions around why he was instructed to return home must be directed to the Presidency.
He arrived in Johannesburg on a flight from London on Tuesday morning, amid mounting speculation about his future, and went to the ANC headquarters soon after landing.
Gordhan says he was at Luthuli House to "have a discussion” - which he did - and then he left.
Speaking outside court on Tuesday afternoon, Gordhan told journalists not to believe rumours and he wouldn’t be drawn on speculation about his position.
“If there is anything official to say, we will say it. I’m still the Finance Minister and that is why I’m here to listen to how the application is going – end of story.”
When asked what was discussed at Luthuli House while he was there, he said: “Must I ask you what you discussed with your employer this morning?”
He says he believes the case is going fairly well for now.
Proceedings have been adjourned for the day.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)