North Gauteng High Court orders President Zuma to disclose the “Intelligence Report” that inspired his reshuffling of the Cabinet which saw Pravin Gordhan axed as the country’s Finance Minister, BuzzSouthAfrica confirms.
It was on the 25th day of April 2017 that the Democratic Alliance party filed an urgent application with the court to get the President disclose the reason for reshuffling his Cabinet.
From our gathering, the court also ordered the President to pay the legal cost of the Democratic Alliance party.
In DA’s Facebook page, the party celebrated the court order saying:
“We have WON in our application to have President Jacob Zuma provide the record and reasons for firing Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas from his cabinet. He must do so within 5 days!”
When DA filed the application, the party related that it’s necessary to force the President to disclose the intelligent report that made him reshuffle his cabinet so that its earlier application to review the rationality of his decision can proceed.
“In our founding papers for this urgent application to compel, the DA requests the court to order President Zuma to provide a written record of decision and reasons for the reshuffle, yet disingenuously the President’s reply to our papers claims that South Africa is not entitled to know why he acted as he did because he was exercising his executive power.
“In a letter from the State Attorney, he stated that ‘the decision to reshuffle cabinet as he did was informed by his political judgement that the reshuffle will best deliver on the mandate of the African National Congress’.
“This does not in any way justify the President’s decision being beyond scrutiny,” DA stated then.
To the party, every exercise of public power must be subject to the principles of legality and rationality. Especially, the exercise of all of the President’s powers which include decisions to appoint or dismiss Ministers.
In a statement, DA said it is elated by the court order. Excerpts from the statement read:
“This is a victory not only for the DA but for all South Africans who deserve to know on what basis the President made this disastrous decision.
…Now that the High Court has confirmed that President Zuma must supply his record of decision within five days of today’s ruling, our earlier application to review the rationality of his decision can proceed.
The record of decision should also contain the now infamous ‘intelligence report’ which South Africa and the court can fully interrogate.”
Maimane’s party upheld that its high time those in power, especially the President, are held accountable for their actions and decisions based on self-interest and personal gain rather than the best interests of the country.