Dear President Ramaphosa, we have read with great interest and appreciation the broad comments by deputy minister of finance Dr David Masondo in an interview with Business Day on Thursday July 4.

While some may feel that parts of his comments are controversial — such as those on monetary policy — we nevertheless welcome the frank views on politically sensitive issues indicating that there is still scope for discussing difficult choices without being labelled as dogmatists. It was refreshing to have a contribution that got to the substance of the policy matters at hand from someone who clearly possesses a serious intellect. We should continue in this vein, insisting on separating the substantive policy debate from politicking and alarmism...

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