President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that taking away the minister had left Pravin Gordhan with his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, in the period when he gave birth.
During a conversation with the white community at Sandton on Thursday night, Ramaphosa was asked when he had ever been tried.
He told the room full of white businessmen that Gordhan had been removed as a finance minister because he thought it was a prophecy report.
This, he said, persuaded him to comply with Zuma and speak out against him to escape from Gordhan when he was in danger of burning.
“Then I remembered my own situation when a report said that I was trying to destroy Thabo Mbeki's government. I was disturbed because that report was false and there were other circumstances, which I believed were false, and which was used to remove Gordhan. "
He said that he had to choose to be quiet or to talk about something he thought was wrong.
"I broke ranks against the president's decision and I could be burned because this meant I was burnt."
Ramaphosa said the rest of the top six people also agreed with him and spoke against that decision. Gordhan was removed as a finance minister when Zuma re-attacked the cabinet.
He was called on a tour with his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, in the UK, aimed at attracting investors.
The report said Gordhan was fighting against Zuma. Malusi Gigaba was appointed Gordhan and was subsequently returned as Public Enterprise Minister by Robertomosa.