South Africa 4.4.2017 08:13 pm

DA files second court application to have Gordhan axing reversed

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with the Chairperson of the DA Federal Executive, James Selfe during a media briefing on the findings of the Farlam Commission report on Marikana on June 28, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

DA leader Mmusi Maimane with the Chairperson of the DA Federal Executive, James Selfe during a media briefing on the findings of the Farlam Commission report on Marikana on June 28, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

The DA’s first bid to halt the swearing in of the new ministers was rejected last week.

Representing the DA, James Selfe has filed legal papers to have axed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas reinstated.

The pair were fired after they were recalled from an international investor roadshow in London on Monday last week. President Jacob Zuma appointed Malusi Gigaba and Sfiso Buthelezi to take over their positions in a Cabinet reshuffle in the early hours of Friday.

The DA wants the court to review the axing of the two ministers and set them aside, declaring it unlawful , unconstitutional and invalid. The application also lists the repercussions of Zuma’s decision, stating it had resulted in the downgrading of SA’s credit rating to junk status.

By filing the papers, the DA has also brought into question Zuma’s spy report which he relied upon to fire Gordhan.

According to that report, Gordhan had sought to establish meetings with people pushing for a change in government in South Africa.

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