South Africa's president replaces finance minister

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While new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba promised at the weekend to "radically transform" South Africa's economy, the Young Communist League of South Africa contended that "it is the ANC at the behest of a parasitic bourgeoisie that is responsible for maintaining the social and economic system that reproduces unemployment, poverty and inequality".

South African President Jacob Zuma had swung another scythe through his cabinet, repositioning or firing no less than ten ministers.

The ANC needs to be able to justify all its leadership decisions as a collective, he said, and previous decisions have ordinarily been handled that way. Even his deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, called the move "totally, totally unacceptable".

The Treasurer-General says they need to admit that there are several serving ministers whose performance is rather unsatisfactory.

Zuma met with the most senior members of the ANC, known as "The Top Six", late on Thursday to inform them of the reshuffle but didn't consult them, putting his neck on the line.

Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, left, greets former President Nelson Mandela's wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, during the funeral service for Ahmed Kathrada, at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Mkhize admits that there is a discomfort concerning circumstances of the recall of Gordhan and Jonas from an important worldwide investment promotion tour, the subsequent surfacing of an alleged intelligence report and, as a outcome, the negative public image and possible undesirable effects on the country's economy, all of which the ANC as the ruling party has to take responsibility for.

Gordhan said "we should all be afraid" when government decisions are made outside formal structures.

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The government has reshuffled 10 of the country's 35 ministers, which has created a sense of unease in South Africa.

He said both he and Jonas had joined the liberation struggle as youths to help bring South Africa to where it is today.

Gordhan's dismissal has deepened the split in the country's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. At that time, Zuma had abruptly fired Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with a relatively unknown figure, unsettling markets.

"I raised my concern and objection on the removal of the Minister of Finance‚ largely because he was being removed based on an intelligence report that I believe had unsubstantiated allegations about the Minister of Finance and his deputy going to London to mobilise financial markets against our country".

Opposition parties have again called for a motion of no confidence as his choice of ministers comes under the spotlight. His replacement is likely to lead the country if, as widely predicted, the party wins elections due in 2019. "South Africans must not pay for nonsense that happens elsewhere", News 24 quoted Gordhan as saying.

South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma used the cabinet shuffle to replace Gordham with Malusi Gigaba.

The party that liberated South Africa after decades of white minority oppression is deeply divided over Zuma and facing one of its biggest crises yet.

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