South African Rand Plunges as Pravin Gordhan Summoned to Court

The South African rand plummeted today after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was officially summoned to court.
The Finance Minister was accused in unconstitutional creation of a special investigation unit during his time as head of the tax department. Gordhan called the accusation “political mischief.” The minister is respected by financial markets, and the news about what is widely considered to be political struggle between the Finance Minister and President Jacob Zuma was highly negative for the investors’ confidence in South Africa’s political and financial stability.
USD/ZAR jumped as much as 3.01% to 14.2256 as of 10:15 GMT today.

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