Gordhan and Jonas: Only Zuma can decide our futures


File: President Jacob Zuma meets with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas to discuss the final touches to Budget 2016.

CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas say they are serving at the behest of President Jacob Zuma and only he can decide on their future.

Their remarks come amid widespread speculation that their jobs may be on the line through a cabinet reshuffle.

Last week the ANC Youth League called for Gordhan and his senior team to resign from treasury.

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Speaking on eNCA’s Justice Factor ahead of the much-anticipated budget speech on Wednesday, the duo challenged those calling for their axing to reveal whose interests they are serving

“Viewers must ask where do the people who make these calls get their mandate from? Whose interest are they actually projecting at this point in time and what are they trying to protect, hide or defend,?” Gordhan asked.

Jonas reiterated that they serve at the pleasure of the president and it depends on him whether they remain in their current positions or not but they are ready for any eventuality.
The ministers said drafting a budget in such times is challenging.

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The president and the ANC are on a mission to sell the notion of radical economic transformation and Jonas said transformation and growth are not mutually exclusive.

"Growth without transformation can only increase inequality and poverty across the board and equally transformation without growth is equally problematic," said Jonas.

Gordhan is warning against an apparent abuse of power by those in charge.

"That kind of abuse is totally unacceptable in our kind of young democracy and I think both within the ANC and outside of the ANC, voices have been raised,” he said.

“So if one leaves it to the conscience of the people involved, one hopes that works and if that doesn't work, then the public will have their say."





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