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Suzman Foundation, MVC to approach ConCourt to declare Gordhan’s axing invalid

The organisations say they want the speaker of the National Assembly to be directed to investigate Zuma's conduct, with a view to possibly remove him from office.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Helen Suzman Foundation and the group My Vote Counts (MVC) say they're now going directly to the Constitutional Court, to ask judges to declare President Jacob Zuma's removal of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister invalid.

The organisations also say they want the speaker of the National Assembly to be directed to investigate Zuma's conduct, with a view to possibly remove him from office.

The two groups say they do understand that President Zuma has already given certain reasons as to why he made these changes to his Cabinet.

But My Vote Counts’ Janine Ogle says they want to demonstrate that there are other factors at play here.

“But what MVC aims to do with this court case is to show to the court that there’s a certain context involved in his reshuffle decision.”

She also says they want to use the Public Protector's state capture report and court cases involving the finance ministry and the Gupta-owned companies to make this point.

Meanwhile, The DA has confirmed that lawyers acting for the Presidency have now demanded that the party hand over a so-called intelligence report that the party says was used by President Jacob Zuma to justify the sacking of Pravin Gordhan.

The DA had first asked for the report from the Presidency as part of its application to have the decision to sack Gordhan declared legally irrational.

But now the Presidency is claiming that it is the DA that must hand over the report.

The DA says it believes the Presidency is asking it to produce the report as a delaying tactic.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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