The Democratic Alliance says it will be challenging the swearing-in of new ministers following President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle.
In a show of force, Zuma removed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
They were replaced by Malusi Gigaba and Sifiso Buthelezi.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Thursday night’s decision by Zuma has completed his self-serving project of State Capture.
“We must act now, as our country and our shared future depends on it. Therefore, the Democratic Alliance has today [Friday] taken a decision to institute urgent legal action to stop this assault on our Constitution and our people. We will this afternoon file papers in the Western Cape High Court seeking an urgent interdict to halt the swearing in of Jacob Zuma’s compromised cabinet members, and the implementation of his reshuffle, which is set to take place at 18h00 this evening,” said Maimane.
Zuma wielded his axe on Thursday night to clear out Treasury and re-asserted his authority and sent out a clear message he was still in charge amid a rebellion by alliance partners the SACP, as well as threats of impeachment by opposition parties.
At least nine ministers and six deputies were either axed or shifted from their positions.
Gordhan has been facing the barrel of the gun since his return as finance minister against Zuma’s wishes following the weekend appointment of Des Van Rooyen in December 2015.
Since then he has been in a fierce fight with Zuma’s friends the Gupta family.
He was also targeted by the National Prosecuting Authority but charges against him were later withdrawn.
Gordhan’s court battle with the Gupta family is still on going in the Pretoria High Court
Maimane said Thursday night’s decision has devastating ramifications for the future of the country.
“The Guptas now not only have unfettered access to our national key points as they did to the Waterkloof Airbase, to multi-million rand coal tenders, and to cabinet appointments – but crucially now hold the key to our National Treasury and our R1.56 trillion national budget. The President must be removed from office, and it is the role of Parliament to do so. It is the House that elected him, and it is the House that must remove him,” Maimane added.
“Therefore in addition to our urgent legal action, I – as leader of the official opposition – will lead a march to the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House next Friday 7 April, calling on the ANC to support our Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma, which will be before Parliament in the coming weeks.”