Governor stands firm on Reserve Bank mandate
Governor Lesetja Kganyago says the institution already meets monetary policy criteria set out in the ANC's manifesto
The SA Reserve Bank will protect its mandate and independence as enshrined in the constitution should legislative processes on its nationalisation come to fruition, governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Thursday amid political pressure for change.
His comments came after the ANC, which voted in favour of nationalising the Bank at its 2017 elective conference, stated in its election manifesto last weekend that the central bank must consider the effect of monetary policy on economic growth when it decides on interest rates.
But speaking after the first monetary policy committee meeting (MPC) of 2019, at which a unanimous decision was made to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.75%, Kganyago said the Bank already did this.
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