In a sober but emotional outburst the opposition leader of Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema decried that it’s now clear the country has been captured.

He also says the EFF needs 70 African National Congress members of Parliament to vote with them in a possible motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

Malema says if Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete refuses to allow the motion, the red berets will take her to court.

Malema is currently holding a briefing in Braamfontein.

At the same time, Pravin Gordhan says he has already spoken to new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and congratulated him on his new appointment and they’ll meet on Monday.

“So that we can take him through key issues that he has to deal with once he takes responsibility as finance minister with his deputy. Whatever has happened doesn’t mean we will not be professional in the way we conduct ourselves and we’ll ensure that there’s maximum stability and continuity in the kind of issues that Treasury has to deal with.”

Gordhan made the comments flanked by his Mcebisi Jonas at a staff briefing at Treasury earlier on Friday.

The minister says he found out he was fired from television reports and was not personally informed of Zuma’s decision.

Gordhan says both he and Jonas will be very adamant about one main issue.

“The institutions that fell under the ministry of finance must constantly be reminded, if they forget, that they are here to serve the South African public and no narrow interests.”

He then commended Jonas in what was a clear reference to the Gupta family’s alleged corrupt behaviour.

“We commend the deputy minister for his stance earlier last year in saying he was offered a bag of cash. If you do commend him, you can clap. One thing we must emphasise is that our souls are not for sale.”

In his latest remarks, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will remain stable after Gordhan’s removal.

Earlier, he made it clear that he was against the axing.