No one knew who David Van Rooyen was a week ago and, possibly, no one will remember him three weeks from now, but he is South Africa’s newly elected Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Just two days ago, Van Rooyen was axed from his position as Finance Minister, one which he held for only four days; the shortest in South Africa’s history. On this, he says that he is willing to serve the needs of the ANC as the ruling party sees fit.
“I am ready to be deployed anywhere at any time by this movement. Even if it’s for two hours, even if it’s for four days or even if I might be deployed tomorrow I’m ready,” says Van Vooren.
Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, Van Rooyen touched on the South African Airways deal, which has been a proverbial thorn in Treasury. He stated that he hadn’t signed any deal while in Treasury.
“Unfortunately there are no deals that have been signed, if maybe that’s what you want to here,” says Van Rooyen.
The media was limited from asking too many questions, the reason being that Van Rooyen had government duties to attend to.
With his questionable reputation as a mayor and his axing after only four days as finance minister, Van Rooyen will have to do a lot to gain the confidence of South Africans.
“There is a need for us to restore confidence. What I can say, because a lot can be said, but to me what is key, I will urge South Africans to judge me by my performance,” says Van Rooyen.