Deadline passes for Zuma to give reasons for reshuffle

The DA says it will go back to court urgently if President Jacob Zuma doesn’t provide the written reasons for his Cabinet reshuffle.

Zuma’s lawyers filed a motion to apply for leave to appeal the interlocutory order that he had to hand over the documents used in making his decision.

Read: Zuma can't appeal court order to provide Cabinet reshuffle records - DA

EWN's Gia Nicolaides reports that the Presidency has not lodged the documents giving reason and record for his firing former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

The Presidency has until Thursday at 4pm, when the courts close, to file their documents.

There's been no indication of these documents being filed to the court.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, legal opinions differ on whether Zuma is still required to comply with the order, given that he has filed an application to appeal, Nicolaides explains.

Also read: Judge Vally's rule 53 vs President Zuma's rule 35 (12)

As it stands, the order is still in force. So, Zuma would technically still have to file his papers.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

If the Presidency fails to file the papers, the DA may argue that Zuma is in contempt of court.

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