In South Africa Rand hovers near seven-week lows

Gordhan was head of the tax service when it set up a surveillance unit which police say was used to spy on politicians.

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A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo play A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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South Africa's rand traded close to the previous day's seven-week low against the dollar on Thursday, hurt by investor concerns over the future of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan was head of the tax service when it set up a surveillance unit which police say was used to spy on politicians.

* Rand touches early session low of 14,7385/dollar, but claws back to 14.6850 by 0704 GMT, up slightly from Wednesday's close at 14.7200.

* Government bonds largely flat after recent heavy losses, yield on 2026 benchmark eases half a basis point to 9.04 percent.

* Market eyes moves by major lenders after asset manager Futuregrowth stops lending to some state-owned local companies, citing concerns about "a power struggle going on between factions in government."

* Blue chip and all-share stock indices barely changed from Wednesday's close soon after market opens at 0700 GMT.

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