South African Removes Finance Minister

Current Affairs: South Africa’s president has appointed the Pravin Gordhan as his third finance minister within a week.

He replaces the little-known David van Rooyen who had only been in the job since few days.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma sacked previous Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in a widely-criticised move that sent the rand to record lows and caused the stock market to tumble.

The developments come amid concern over South Africa’s struggling economy.

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Who is Pravin Gordhan?

  • Trained and worked as a pharmacist in Durban
  • One of the main negotiators in the drafting of South Africa’s democratic constitution from 1991-1994
  • Ran South Africa’s revenue service from 1999-2009
  • Served as finance minister from 2009-2014
  • Re-appointed finance minister in 2015