Jessie Duarte says ANC top brass knew of Zuma’s reshuffle plans in November
President Jacob Zuma consulted ANC top brass as far back as November 2016 about the decision to fire former finance minister Pravin Gordhan‚ deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte revealed on Wednesday. Duarte’s revelations could mean that the ANC’s senior leadership has settled its differences over the recent controversial Cabinet shake-up. "Yes‚ we’ve known for quite a while. The president indicated in November that that was his wish and he was persuaded by us that he should wait a while‚" Duarte said at a media briefing after a special meeting of the national working committee (NWC). "He explained his reasons then to us that his relationship between himself and finance minister Gordhan was not good‚" she said.