Johannesburg - Former president Jacob Zuma wanted former finance minister Pravin Gordhan to resign instead of being fired by him.
Gordhan told the Zondo Commission into state capture on Wednesday that former ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had called him to a meeting at Luthuli House and told him that the president felt that their relationship had deteriorated beyond repair.
Mantashe told Gordhan that Zuma wanted him to resign instead of being fired. Gordhan said he refused to so and elected to be fired instead.
Days later on March 30 at midnight, Zuma reshuffled his cabinet and Gordhan was fired along with his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. They were replaced by Malusi Gigaba and Sifiso Buthelezi.
The minister said he was never informed by Zuma about his removal and watched the announcement on TV.