Gigaba needs to bridge "trust deficit" and Zuma dodges Madonsela report: Brown

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will present his first medium term budget policy statement in Parliament on Wednesday.

Gigaba will be detailing government's spending plans for the next three years and will have to explain how he intends to deal with increasing government debt.

This is his first major speech since taking over from Pravin Gordhan 7 months ago.

Political analyst and 702 host, Karima Brown says Gigaba will have to fix the what she believes is a trust deficit between him and key role-players in the economy.

It is going to be very tough for him, he needs to convince investors that he is not going to enable state capture, he needs to convince investors that he is able to get the economy growing. At the moment that trust deficit is massive...

Karima Brown, political analyst

We are going to have to get people to come on board to believe that this Finance Minister is able to get the economy growing and that he is not just an appendage of President Jacob Zuma enabling state capture.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Meanwhile Wednesday is day two of the court case in which President Jacob Zuma is squaring off with the Public Protector and opposition parties, in an effort to review and set aside the Public Protector's recommendation for an inquiry into state capture.

Zuma has asked the High Court in Pretoria to set aside the state of capture remedial action, which instructs him to appoint a commission but led by a judge appointed by the chief justice.

He has argued that these provisions offend the principle of a separation of powers.

Brown says the President is the 'artful dodger'.

The defining issue here is the powers of the public protector one way or the other, and of course irrespective of how the case goes, President Jacob Zuma can't run away from the fact that he will have to eventually appoint this commission of inquiry into state capture.

Karima Brown, political analyst

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