Mail and Guardian

The ANC’s top six are divided on the axing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The Mail & Guardian has reliably learned that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and treasurer Zweli Mkhize have vehemently opposed the removal of Gordhan.

Zuma reportedly presented the name of Brian Molefe as the new finance minister but the three top leaders rejected the president’s choice.

Molefe’s name was also rejected by the SA Communist Party, in a meeting with Zuma earlier this week.

Zuma had intended to make the announcement yesterday but was warned that members of the top six would publically voice their disagreement with the decision.

In the meeting with the top six, the president had presented concerns over Gordhan’s close relationship with “white monopoly capital” as the reason for the change.

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Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo is the political editor of the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003 and has won numerous awards since then, including the regional award for Vodacom Journalist of the Year in the economics and finance category in 2015, SA Journalist of the Year in 2011, the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the Year award in 2008 and CNN African Journalist of the Year – MKO Abiola Print Journalism