Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Court puts Zuma in checkmate on Cabinet reshuffle

Court puts Zuma in checkmate on Cabinet reshuffle

The High Court Judge Bashier Vally said he would deliberate on the ruling next Tuesday.

However‚ Zuma's lawyers argued that the DA had already acknowledged this and‚ on that basis‚ was not entitled to any record of the decision.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday ruled that Jacob Zuma should explain the reason for his March 30 cabinet reshuffle that created a lot of furore.

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Last week, the DA approached the Pretoria High Court, seeking a court order to compel Zuma to give reasons for the cabinet reshuffle and hand over relevant records.

The records allegedly contain intelligence Zuma used as "an excuse" to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the cabinet reshuffle, which also saw the sacking or replacement of nine other ministers.

The amateurish document held that Gordhan and Jonas were conspiring with global financiers to topple Zuma, providing no evidence for the assertion.

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"Every exercise of public power must be subject to the principles of legality and rationality, especially the exercise of all of the President's powers, which includes decisions to appoint or dismiss ministers and deputy ministers", said Selfe.

But the courts would not be able to properly consider an upcoming application by the DA to review the firings without records, the party's advocate Steven Budlender said, relying heavily on the precedent set in the spy tapes matter. Zuma says he will not resign unless his party asks him to leave.

President Jacob Zuma said in Durban on Thursday that he had reshuffled his Cabinet recently to make room for young people in government.

Zuma, who came to power in 2009, has been accused of corruption but survived several no-confidence votes in parliament thanks to his African National Congress (ANC) majority in the National Assembly.

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

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