Ramaphosa says Gordhan axing 'unacceptable', but won't resign
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is “unacceptable”, according to eNCA.
— Shahan Ramkissoon (@ShahanR) March 31, 2017
He will not, however, step down from his position over the situation.
BREAKING: Ramaphosa says situation reminds him of his own situation when he was accused of plotting against the Mbeki government in 2001.
— Matuba Mahlatjie (@matubapressure) March 31, 2017
While it was thought that Zuma would accept a “stay of execution” for Gordhan until Monday, a little after midnight on Friday morning, he announced 20 changes to his cabinet which have left Gordhan out of the national executive. Critics of Gordhan accused him of being a barrier to radical transformation by refusing to fund radical programmes aimed at effecting radical change.
“I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socioeconomic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality,” Zuma said in his statement.