JOHANNESBURG Oct 19 South African Finance
Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday that his relations
with President Jacob Zuma were "good" and that he was busy
preparing for the medium-term budget policy statement to be
delivered in parliament next week.
"He is my president so I have to have very good relations
with him," Gordhan told reporters in response to a question
after he gave a speech on the economy.
Fraud charges against Gordhan were unveiled by state
prosecutors last week and his supporters and analysts say these
could be aimed at discrediting the minister for defying close
allies of President Jacob Zuma, who has said that the presidency
is not at war with Gordhan.
(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Writing by Ed Stoddard;
Editing by James Macharia)