Zuma said to face mass Cabinet walkout if Gordhan is fired

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President Jacob Zuma with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Herman Verwey/City Press)
President Jacob Zuma with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Herman Verwey/City Press)

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma faces a rebellion within his own party if he fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with about 12 ministers considering resigning their positions and then fighting for the president’s removal, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and some deputy ministers may also resign, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The officials would keep their seats in parliament and possibly support or abstain from a vote of no confidence in the president if it’s called by the opposition or by members of the African National Congress (ANC), they said.

Some lawmakers have started informal talks with the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), they said. The rand strengthened.

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