No bull ... Mr Money relaxes in cattle class
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.