The public disagreement by ANC officials about President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle was a mistake and will not happen again, party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. Mantashe, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize publicly voiced their disapproval over the lack of consultation on the reshuffle last week. The rand fell by 1% and bonds weakened after Mantashe said the ANC would not be part of a movement to remove Zuma, despite a chorus of criticism by ANC-allied parties and unions, religious groups, civil society and the opposition. Speaking after an extended meeting of the ANC’s national working committee (NWC), on Wednesday Mantashe said that the officials reported back to the NWC on a lengthy meeting it held on Tuesday. “That public dissonance was a mistake that will not happen again,” Mantashe said. It was unprecedented for Mantashe, Ramaphosa and Mkhize to publicly criticise Zuma’s reshuffle — at the core of which was his fai...

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