A high court in South Africa has ordered President Jacob Zuma to explain why he fired his finance minister and deputy, leading to market losses worth millions.
Judge Bashier Vally on Thursday ruled that Zuma must hand over all records explaining the reason why he made changes to 20 positions in his Cabinet at 00:00 on March 30.
The Democratic Alliance, which filed the application, said on Thursday that the matter was urgent, as more damage was being done to the economy with every passing day.
The party said Zuma "ought to have rationally foreseen the consequences of this reshuffle" including the credit downgrade of the country by ratings agencies.
Zuma reportedly told the ANC top leadership before the reshuffle that he had received intelligence that Gordhan was seeking foreign assitance to topple him.
Zuma argued he was exercising his powers in terms of section 91 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Zuma must also hand over "record of all documents and electronic records, including correspondence, contracts, memoranda, advices, recommendations, evaluations and reports that related to the making of the decision".
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Zuma, who came to power in 2009, has been accused of corruption but survived several no-confidence votes in parliament thanks to his African National Congress (ANC) majority in the National Assembly.
A legal review could potentially find Mr Zuma's reasoning for the reshuffle unlawful, which is what the DA wants.
The reshuffle prompted worldwide rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch to downgrade South Africa's sovereign credit to junk status in April.
The opposition and even some members within Zuma's cabinet, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, said at the time that Zuma removed Gordhan on the basis of a "spurious" intelligence report. "We can not allow Zuma to further abuse taxpayers' money", Bloem said.
Zuma later said the cabinet reshuffle was based on the intelligence.