In a wide-ranging interview yesterday, Duarte said
"He is young, he brings in a wealth of energy and experience. We are very proud that for the first time in the history of our country, we have an African Finance Minister… he is going to do an excellent job."
Referring to speculation that Gordhan was moved to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs to fast-track service delivery and improve the ANC's prospects in the 2016 local government elections, Duarte said: "I think the president didn't appoint Minister Gordhan to look at the elections only. He appointed him to actually look at administering the service delivery angle of local government - somebody really capable of ensuring that services are administered."
On deputy president
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