South Africa's Gauteng premier says fraud charges against finance minister Gordhan 'frivolous'

October 13, 2016 9:53 AM EDT

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan attends a media briefing in Sandton, South Africa, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The premier of South Africa's most economically important province said on Thursday fraud charges leveled against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan were frivolous and undermined efforts to avoid a ratings downgrade.

Speaking at a Thomson Reuters conference in Cape Town, David Makhura said President Jacob Zuma's administration was guilty of "recklessness".

(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Writing by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by James Macharia)

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