JOHANNESBURG, March 29 The top six of South
Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) are divided down
the middle on whether to remove Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan,
two sources told Reuters.
President Jacob Zuma, who is part of the top six wants to
replace Gordhan and has the support of Chairwoman Baleka Mbete
and Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, the sources said.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Secretary-General Gwede
Mantashe and Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize want Gordhan to
remain and have expressed their opinion to Zuma, the sources
Zuma does not need the support of the top six to hire and
fire ministers but should top ANC members openly criticise his
decision it would likely weaken his position in the party.
(Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by James Macharia)