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Banking Association South Africa response to the Public Protector’s comments on the mandate of SARB

PUBLISHED: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:30:16 GMT

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Comments by the Public Protector relating to the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank are particularly alarming.

The role and independence of the SARB is critical in maintaining what little certainty remains in our already fragile economy. The banking sector has repeatedly emphasized this point; and once again objects in the strongest possible terms to any interference in the operations and function of the SARB.

In our view, the Public Protector has erred in making comments and recommendations about the Constitutional mandate of the Reserve Bank and its relationship with National Treasury. It is not the role of the Public Protector to pronounce on these matters. In her eagerness to demonstrate her independence and bare her teeth, she has gone too far.

We urge Parliament to confirm the independence of SARB and assure the public and investor community that this critical institution will not be compromised. The SARB sits at the apex of a banking system that is highly regarded globally and we must do everything in our power not to cast doubt on a system that has served our country very well during difficult times, including the global financial crisis.