PARLIAMENT’s standing committee on finance has expressed its displeasure about the fact that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will not participate in Wednesday’s debate on the fiscal framework and the budget’s tax proposals.
The issue was raised at a committee meeting Tuesday by Democratic Alliance finance spokesman David Maynier, who said it was unacceptable that the finance minister would not be present for the debate on what was the most important fiscal framework in decades.
“The fact that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is on an investor roadshow is important. However, it is not acceptable for the minister to skip the debate on the fiscal framework in Parliament,” Mr Maynier said.
He asked for the debate to be postponed but this was refused by members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) select committee on finance because it would have ramifications for the adoption of the Division of Revenue Bill by the NCOP and the adoption of provincial budgets.
Finance committee chairman Yunus Carrim agreed it was “unacceptable” that the minister would not be present and said it should not be allowed to happen again.
He noted, however, that Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas was very competent and would be able to stand in for the minister.