South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan is in court next week. Prosecutors accuse him of corupt practices whilst he was head of the national tax authority in 2010.
Opposition members had sought judicial permission for lawmakers to cast secret ballots against the president's leadership. Jacob Zuma's alleged involvement in a series of corruption scandals has fueled widespread anger.
The South African government has introduced radical new economic measures to address the problem of wealth distribution. But analysts say it is largely a response to political pressure in the lead up to the 2019 election
South Africa's demise toward full "junk" status looks almost inevitable after S&P has cut the country's credit rating as the first of three major agencies following the sudden dismissal of the finance minister.
South African President Jacob Zuma has ordered Finance Minister Gordhan to return from an overseas trip. The recall spooked foreign exchange markets and fueled speculation about a cabinet reshuffle.
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