Zuma stays, ANC full confidence in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

African National Congress (ANC) secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, says the ruling party has full confidence in new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Mantashe says the national working committee (NWC) has acknowledged that the relationship between President Jacob Zuma and Pravin Gordhan was irreparable.

The secretary general and his deputy Jessie Duarte were briefing the media following the ANC NWC meeting.

The NWC was meeting for the first time following Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle last week.

Mantashe and two other top six leaders Treasury Zweli Mkhize and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa publicly criticised the President for axing Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. They also said they were not consulted about other 18 changes made in the executive.

All we are getting from Mantashe is that those who have disagreed with the President have publically acknowledged that their public dissonance was a mistake that should never be committed again.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He also put emphasis on a resolution of the conference that the prerogative of the President to appoint should be exercised after consultation.

However, the statement does not state what is going to happen to the President for breaking this resolution.

Mantashe has not answered whether the ANC will hold a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

Listen to Clement Manyathela below for more details...

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