Court puts Zuma in checkmate on Cabinet reshuffle

Court puts Zuma in checkmate on Cabinet reshuffle

The DA said it wanted the court to review and set aside Zuma's decision to dismiss Gordhan and Jonas.

Zuma allegedly relied on an intelligence report when he sacked former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas after recalling them from a road show with overseas investors.

On April 24th, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party applied to the courts to force Mr Zuma to disclose the thinking and documentation behind the reshuffle, because it could not seek a legal review of the president's actions on March 31st without that information.

The opposition and even some members within Zuma's cabinet, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, said at the time that Zuma removed Gordhan on the basis of a "spurious" intelligence report.

The party has also called for a no-confidence motion against Zuma in parliament.

The party's James Selfe says it is now common cause that such a report was used to fire Gordhan.

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Kodwa added the "Constitution confers upon the President powers to constitute his Cabinet without imposing an obligation upon him to consult opposition parties in the exercise of this discretionary function".

On Friday, Kodwa said that reading into the Constitution that the President must explain his Cabinet decisions was "to use the judiciary to police political decisions and sets a very worrisome precedent".

It also triggered unprecedented criticism from within the ruling African National Congress top brass and its allies and spawned massive public protests for Zuma's ouster.

The reshuffle prompted worldwide rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch to downgrade South Africa's sovereign credit to junk status in April.

Meantime, in Durban, Zuma told the World Economic Forum for Africa yesterday that he reshuffled the cabinet to give young people a chance at leadership.

Vally said Zuma must give "the record of all documents and electronic records...that relate to the making of the decisions".

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