'I'm not chasing any job' - Gordhan after High Court ruling

Gordhan Says Conscience Important in Anti Zuma Vote

Judge Bashier Vally ordered Zuma to dispatch records, correspondence, memorandums or any reports - including the so-called intelligence report - related to the cabinet reshuffle within five days.

The high court in Pretoria on Thursday gave President Jacob Zuma one week to say why he fired his finance and deputy finance minsters in late March - and so gave Zuma an unenviable choice: admit he used an irregular (and possibly illegal) "intelligence report" in making that decision, or admit he lied to alliance partners about his reasons.

Last month, on 5 April, the DA filed an urgent application with the North Gauteng High Court to request that President's decision to remove Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, be set aside on the grounds that it was irrational, and therefore unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid.

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

"We expect that document to be part of the record", said Selfe, referring to the intelligence report.

The president defended his actions saying he was exercising his prerogative to hire and fire ministers in terms of section 91 (2) of the Constitution which also protects from giving reasons for his actions.

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To read into the Constitution that the president must explain himself on the composition of the National Executive to the opposition is to use the judiciary to police political decisions and sets a very worrisome precedent, the ANC said.

Zuma said in court papers that the cabinet reshuffle was an executive decision and the ruling was "an abuse of court process", local news portal News24 reported.

"I reshuffled my Cabinet recently and I put a lot of young people in my Cabinet", Zuma said in his response.

While Mr Zuma might try to appeal Thursday's ruling, legal experts say his chances of success are slim.

Kodwa said Zuma has no obligation to provide reasons to anyone for changes he makes to his Cabinet.

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