Zuma vs Pravin: Is it checkmate?

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President Jacob Zuma and Finance Mininster Pravin Gordhan. (Alexander Joe, AFP)
President Jacob Zuma and Finance Mininster Pravin Gordhan. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

President Jacob Zuma will embark on the biggest political gamble of his career if he follows through on his threat to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.

Contrary to reports by the Gupta-owned ANN7 on Tuesday, Zuma does not have the support of his five top colleagues in the ANC to get rid of Gordhan after unceremoniously summonsing him back home from an investor roadshow in London.

Zuma told SACP leaders during a bilateral meeting with ANC leaders on Monday that he wants Gordhan and Jonas out. But according to inside witnesses to this unfolding drama, Zuma stands alone: his firing of Gordhan and Jonas will not be supported by his colleagues who make up the ANC’s top six.

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