Gigaba is SA new Finance Minister as Zuma fires Gordhan, 14 others

South African President Jacob Zuma has reportedly fire the country’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and 14 others in his cabinet.

This comes as part of the fall out of an urgent meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) convened on Thursday night by President Jacob Zuma.

No names have been officially released, although it is said that nine ministers and six deputies have been fired.

Gordhan, Blade Nzimande, Ebrahim Patel, David Mahlobo, Aaron Motsoaledi and Rob Davies were reportedly affected.

At an earlier news briefing, it was gathered that President Zuma had hinted on his intention to remove the Minister of Finance, based on an intelligence report which stated that the Minister had set up meetings with people who could push for a change in government.

Meanwhile, a party source said that the President is considering to step down in 2018, at least 12 months before his term ends as South African President.

Mr Zuma is due to be replaced as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at a party conference in December, after serving his allocated two terms.

SOURCE: African Spotlight