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Zuma Cabinet Reshuffle Appeal: President Jacob Zuma will not be explaining the reasons behind his controversial Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, as earlier planned.

DA MP James Selfie confirmed this development to reporters on Monday, saying the application scheduled to be heard today in the Gauteng North High Court will either be heard on Thursday or Friday.

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“The case will now be heard on either Thursday or Friday, but we are hoping it will be Thursday,” he said.

According to Selfie, the matter was postponed because President Zuma’s legal team is still to apply for leave to appeal the decision made by the Pretoria High Court.

BuzzSouthAfrica understands that the decision to postpone the hearing was also triggered by a bereavement in the legal team.

The DA MP added that the bereavement was not on the side of DA’s legal team.

4 Facts You Should Know

  • The matter was tabled before the court by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to compel Zuma to provide substantial reasons for his controversial cabinet reshuffle in March, especially the firing of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
  • DA’s urgent application was filed with the North Gauteng High Court.
  • DA’s request for Zuma to provide the record containing Zuma’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet had been earlier granted by Judge Basheer Vally.
  •  But the presidency filed a notice in terms of Rule 35(12), placing an unusual request to the DA. It asked the Mmusi Maimane-led party to provide the so-called ‘Intelligence Report’ that sparked Zuma’s actions. [The so-called Intelligence Report triggered Gordhan’s unplanned return from an investor roadshow in London – as instructed by Zuma.]

The DA is fighting hard to retrieve the cabinet reshuffle documents, as it plans to use it to act against Zuma’s unilateral decision.

Zuma is expected to hand in the following documents: all electronic records, contracts, correspondence, memorandum, reports on which he had relied, advice, recommendations and evaluations.

Zuma had announced on May 11 that he would the court decision ordering him to submit the record and reasons of the decision to reshuffle his Cabinet.

“The High Court erred in finding that Rule 53 must be read to include executive decisions, even though nothing in the language of Rule 53 suggests that it should be interpreted to include executive decisions. Such an approach violates the separation of powers,” he said in a statement.

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President Jacob Zuma replaced Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas on March 31. The move which saw Malusi Gigaba taking over the National Treasury subsequently triggered a public outcry and an intensified war against the president’s continuous stay in power.

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