… Calls for SA president to step down
South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, says South African President Jacob Zuma must step down, because he is the biggest problem in the Tripartite Alliance.
“He must go because he is the single biggest problem in the African National Congress‚ in our alliance and in the country‚“ Nzimande told Radio 702 on Monday evening.
“As the SACP has rightly said‚ President Zuma is a desperate man who is engaging in desperate actions.”
Nzimande said the SACP would not have supported Zuma if it had known his actions would cause “turmoil” in the country.
“Had we known the things we know now‚ that our country would be mortgaged to an immigrant Indian family‚ the Guptas‚ we would not have supported him‚“ Nzimande said.
Zuma stunned everyone recently when he reshuffled his cabinet and the most prominent victim was Nzimande, who us now the former minister of higher education.
“Had we known that we are being headed for the Guptas taking over this country and make it their playground‚ we would not have support President Zuma,” Nzimande said this week.
He accused Zuma of provoking the SACP, in order to destroy the alliance.
Commenting on rumours that Zuma is planning to fire Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Nzimande said, “That would be stupid… It looks like the president is so desperate that nothing is impossible in terms of what he can do… It would be a deliberate act to plunge the alliance into turmoil.”
On his axing as higher education minister‚ Nzimande said he was not surprised.
“I am not surprised that I was fired. All the signs were there.”
He said while he did not achieve everything he wanted to as minister of higher education‚ he had made some “phenomenal achievements”.
“I gave that portfolio my all… I think I’ve done relatively well.”
Zuma denies Russian influence
Zuma has strongly denied reports that he met with a Russian delegation before changing his cabinet.
Weekend newspapers alleged that the president met with Russian representatives, who pressurised him to fast-track a nuclear deal with Russia.
There’s been speculation that new Energy Minister David Mahlobo was appointed for this purpose, but presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says the president was never influenced or coerced into changing his cabinet by the Russians or any other foreign forces.
Earlier, the Russian embassy also dismissed the allegations that President Vladimir Putin had a hand in Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle and appointment of Mahlobo as Energy Minister to facilitate the nuclear deal.
Press officer at the Russian embassy Alexander Kulyaev said, “The notion itself – the idea that some sort of top level delegation with direct orders from President Putin came into South Africa and forced Jacob Zuma to make reshuffles in his Cabinet – is just plain ridiculous.”
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