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ANC ‘remains united’ following Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle

The ruling party says its structures were consulted by the president before each decision.

FILE. The ANC says its structures were consulted by the president before each decision and described Zuma as a visionary for his willingness to change. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says unity within its top leadership structure remains strong, despite the fallout from President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and redeploy his replacement David van Rooyen only four days later.

The JSE is said to have lost more than a $100 billion while the rand has slightly strengthened after a week of chaos on the markets.

The ANC says its structures were consulted by the president before each decision and described Zuma as a visionary for his willingness to change.

National Executive Committee (NEC) member Ayanda Dlodlo has also dispelled rumours that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa threatened to resign.

"The deputy president actually brief us all yesterday on everything that transpired over the last few days. And for a man who is said to have been on the verge of resignation, I didn't see any discomfort that would have pointed to that effect."

Meanwhile Deputy Secretary- General Jessie Duarte says the party has not changed its stance towards nuclear energy amid comments from new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

In his first media briefing since his reappointment, Gordhan said the treasury would only pursue this option if it's affordable.

Duarte agrees.

"The ANC's position on energy is that we need an energy mix. What are also very clear about, is that if that energy mix does include nuclear, it must be affordable. That's the message we're relating to the ANC government."