President Jacob Zuma’s plan to boot out Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan‚ based on what is claimed to be a damning intelligence report‚ and replace him with former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe‚ was rejected by the South African Communist Party (SACP) and half of the top six ANC officials. Details have emerged of how Zuma went to the two meetings on Monday armed with an intelligence report believed to contain claims that Gordhan and his deputy‚ Mcebisi Jonas‚ had scheduled meetings with people who wanted to overthrow his government. SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila said a delegation of SACP office bearers told Zuma the party did not agree with his plans to remove both Gordhan and Jonas. Sources said Zuma met the same opposition when he tabled the matter before the party’s top six officials on the same day. This could explain why Zuma has delayed announcing changes to his Cabinet. Until late last night all eyes were on the Union Buildings as Zuma held a late meeting with his Cabin...

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