ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the list of Cabinet changes was “developed elsewhere”. “This reshuffle was not done in consultation with the ANC, we were given a list that was done elsewhere and it was given to us,” Mantashe told Business Day on Friday morning. He was reacting to the late-night Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma in which the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, were axed. The move is set to have far-reaching political consequences as Zuma and his allies have their hands firmly on the wheel of the National Treasury, with the appointment of former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba as Gordhan’s replacement. Mantashe said the matter of the finance minister was discussed on Monday and some changes were effected to the initial proposals made by the president, but the rest of the reshuffle was news even to the ANC’s top leaders.

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