Pravin Gordhan. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
Pravin Gordhan. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

IT WAS a coup to land such a high-level panel‚ with speakers including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the European Union ambassador to SA, but the flare-up of student protest action at Wits has scuppered the event.

Without alluding to the #FeesMustFall protests‚ the Wits School of Governance said in a terse statement that it has had to cancel the OR Tambo debate scheduled for this evening.

"We decided to postpone the debate with Minister Pravin Gordhan that was meant to be held later today‚" it said‚ adding that a further advisory would be issued "should we decide to proceed with this event at a later date".

The event – the seventh edition of the OR Tambo Debate Series – had been arranged by the Wits School of Governance, the Department of Planning‚ Monitoring and Evaluation, the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, and the UN Development Programme in collaboration with the EU.

Gordhan had been expected to join EU ambassador to SA Marcus Cornaro‚ Argon Asset Management strategic economist Thabi Leoka‚ and Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George in a debate focusing on the South African economy‚ inclusive growth and jobs.

Banking Association of SA MD Cas Coovadia had been booked to moderate the debate.

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