Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's axing has been linked to SAA's Airbus deal and funding for the nuclear build programme.
Redi Tlhabi on Thursday spoke to Business Day editor Songezo Zibi about the move that has shocked the business and political communities alike.
Listen to the conversation below:
There'd been a number of instances where the Treasury had taken a line that was somewhat contrary to the president's wishes... and this pattern had become more urgent recently with the disagreement between the Treasury and the SAA board led by Dudu Myeni.— Songezo Zibi, Business Day
The president had to make a choice between the chairperson of his (Jacob Zuma) foundation and friend (Dudu Myeni) and Treasury...— Songezo Zibi, Business Day
... It was clear from that point on that once again the president would need to choose between the chairperson of SAA and her board, and a minister or the country... and the president chose the way he has always chosen before.— Songezo Zibi, Business Day