S African court orders Zuma to explain shock cabinet reshuffle

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Zuma must also hand over "record of all documents and electronic records, including correspondence, contracts, memoranda, advices, recommendations, evaluations and reports that related to the making of the decision".

This ruling was as a result of a legal action filed in April by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party against the reshuffle that saw five ministers lose their jobs including former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The amateurish document held that Gordhan and Jonas were conspiring with global financiers to topple Zuma, providing no evidence for the assertion.

Cope national spokesman Dennis Bloem said the party was very eager to see if Zuma was still going to give his original reason about a "fake intelligence report for his reckless" midnight reshuffle.

Last week, the DA approached the Pretoria High Court, seeking a court order to compel Zuma to give reasons for the cabinet reshuffle and hand over relevant records.

Kodwa says the Constitution provides the president with the power to constitute his Cabinet, without imposing an obligation upon him to consult opposition parties.

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Ramaphosa usually publicly backs Zuma and his criticism of Gordhan's sacking was a sign of deepening divisions in the ruling African National Congress that are likely to worsen until the party elects a new leader in December.

"The appointment of ministers and deputies, as well as reshuffling of Cabinet, is a discretionary and political decision of the President of the Republic derived from the Constitution".

In a bid to reassure markets, Zuma has said that he expected the addition of several younger ministers would add energy to his cabinet.

The reshuffle prompted global rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch to downgrade South Africa's sovereign credit to junk status in April.

Selfe said the DA believes that Zuma's decision should be set aside as it does not meet the requirements of rationality and was therefore illegal.