Zweli Mkhize had “reservations” about cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The treasurer general of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), one of the party’s highest-ranking officials, said on Saturday he had “reservations” about this week’s cabinet reshuffle that saw Pravin Gordhan ousted as finance minister.

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma looks on during the swearing in of new cabinet ministers following a reshuffle that replaced Pravin Gordhan as finance minister in Pretoria, South Africa, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

“I have my reservations on the process followed and the manner in which this cabinet reshuffle was done,” Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.

President Jacob Zuma‘s sacking of the widely-respected Gordhan shook South African markets on Friday, undermining his authority and threatening to split the ANC that has governed since the end of apartheid.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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