The inspector-general of intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, has had no success in establishing the authenticity of an “intelligence report” which former president Jacob Zuma used to justify the removal of then finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, in March 2017. Zuma told the ANC top six and leaders of the SA Communist Party after the axing that it was based on an intelligence report that contained allegations that the pair was lobbying business to help remove him as president. Gordhan was instructed by Zuma to immediately return from a roadshow in London because of the alleged report. Dintwe has not been able to get a copy of the report from Zuma, raising questions about whether it exists at all. Neither did Zuma submit the report during court proceedings brought by the DA to have his cabinet reshuffle declared irrational. Gordhan has subsequently attributed his and Jonas’s removal to their resistance to the nuclear deal that Zuma wanted to conclude with Ru...

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