DA challenges Zuma’s decision to fire Gordhan & Jonas

The Democratic Alliance (ANC) approached courts to enforce President Jacob Zuma to make public the intelligent report he relied on in order to fire the Finance Minister.

The party’s Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe MP, will be at the North Gauteng High Court where the court will hear arguments in our urgent application to compel President Zuma to supply his record of decision for his disastrous midnight cabinet reshuffle.

On 5 April 2017, 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 Deputy Finance Minister, Mcebisi Jonas, be set aside on the grounds that it was irrational, and therefore unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid.

“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 DA ahead of the hearing.

The party says believes that the President’s decision should be set aside as it does not meet the requirements of rationality and is therefore illegal.

Zuma claims the DA is not entitled to the record and reasons for his reshuffle on the basis that he does not have to expain the cabinet reshuffle to anyone.



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