ANC top six meet in wake of Gordhan recall


South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan walks to meet protesting students ahead of presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy speech to Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 26 October 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to be back in the country on Tuesday morning.

He was instructed by President Jacob Zuma to cut short his international investment tour on Monday and return home immediately.

The ANC's top six officials met late into the night in the wake of the recall.

READ: Gordhan heads home

Zuma's move has prompted widespread speculation that he could reshuffle his cabinet, possibly removing Gordhan from his post.

Officially, the ANC wouldn't be drawn on that.

But Zuma's last cabinet reshuffle, during which he replaced Nhlanhla Nene with Des van Rooyen, divided the party’s leadership.

Top leaders like Cyril Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize are said to have been instrumental in getting Zuma to appoint Gordhan instead.

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