No bull ... Mr Money re­laxes in cat­tle class

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A top politi­cian who holds South Africa’s purse strings and flies econ­omy class?

That’s ex­actly what Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han did on Thurs­day af­ter Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s state of the na­tion ad­dress.

So­cial me­dia was abuzz af­ter he was spot­ted in econ­omy class.

The Face­book post had re­ceived more than 3 800 “likes” by yes­ter­day morn­ing and 267 pos­i­tive re­sponses.

Maryke Bosch wrote: “I’ve seen him eat­ing at Cap­puc­cino’s Men­lyn with his fam­ily. He doesn’t think he’s bet­ter than us.”

An­sie de Swardt com­mented: ”I’ve seen him in a chemist in a track­suit and sneak­ers, with a sin­gle se­cu­rity guard wait­ing for him on the pave­ment.”

And Jo­han Dip­pe­naar: “Thank you for your ex­am­ple, Mr Gord­han. We as or­di­nary peo­ple take note and ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Sy­brand Baard could not be­lieve it was Gord­han and asked: “Isn’t it your un­cle at Joshua Doore’s?” while Naomi du Plessis was ready to give him a Bells.

In terms of Trea­sury rules, min­is­ters and di­rec­tors gen­eral may fly busi­ness class. Deputy DGs and lower use econ­omy class.

Phumza Ma­canda, spokesman for the Trea­sury, was re­luc­tant to com­ment yes­ter­day, but said Gord­han reg­u­larly urged the Trea­sury “to be care­ful with state funds”.

Gord­han is known to fly in busi­ness class and econ­omy class.

An­other source told Rap­port that it was a Ku­l­ula flight and not the first time that Gord­han had flown econ­omy class.

– Rap­port

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