Will Pravin Gordhan be recalled and who will replace him? - three possible names

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emerged at the ANC Women’s League conference as a candidate for SA president. Pic: Vathiswa Ruselo. © Sowetan
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emerged at the ANC Women’s League conference as a candidate for SA president. Pic: Vathiswa Ruselo. © Sowetan

President Jacob Zuma is reportedly planning a massive cabinet reshuffle and speculations around who will be recalled are growing.

Speculation on the imminent reshuffle gained momentum on Monday when President Zuma ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to cut short his official London trip and come back home.


EFF leader Julius Malema also added to the rumours by tweeting the following information on his personal account:

1. When PG met with Gwede this morning the following transpired: >Gwede told him that the President has decided to reshuffle his Cabinet

2. PG & MJ are going to be removed from the Executive; The Top 6 respects the Zuma's prerogative to appoint and dismiss Ministers

3. However officials don't think it's a good idea. Speculation is that the duo may be fired tomorrow evening, after Uncle Kathy's funeral.

4. JZ will make sure that the funeral is not used as a launching pad for a campaign against him.

5. During the discussion Gwede confirmed that Zuma wants Brian Molefe as Finance Minister.

According to the Gupta owned television channel, Africa News Network (ANN7), Zuma has three names he is currently looking at:

Brian Molefe

Just months after his resignation, Molefe was secretly sworn in as an ANC member of parliament.

Reports suggested that this move by the ANC was an indication that Molefe was being prepared to take over from Gordhan.


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Dlamini-Zuma's name has also been thrown into the hat.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Picture: Neo Goba 

Her successful tenure as the chairperson for the Africa Union Commission, has seen ANC structures including the Women's League and the Youth League calling for her to share her leadership within the ranks of the party.

The Youth League in particular have described her as one of the great minds in the ANC.

Dlamini-Zuma was spotted at the ANC headquarters Luthuli House on Tuesday around the same time Gordhan was said to be in a meeting with the party's Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. She is said to have been present in that meeting.

Naledi Pandor

Currently the Science and Technology Minister, Pandor was appointed as the acting Finance Minister in the absence of Gordhan.


She has been successful in her roles as the Education Minister, Home Affairs as well as Science and Technology.

Pandor is also said to be one of the most ethical ANC members and has recently called for a lifestyle audit into government officials saying she was concerned over how officials sustained their lifestyles.