THE South African Communist Party (SACP) has expressed full confidence that its members who have been vocal against the leadership of President Zuma will survive the chop and still be in parliament after the rumoured cabinet reshuffle.
According to reports, party general secretary and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is likely to lose his ministry position to presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who is going to parliament to fill the vacancy left by Pule Mabe. SACP acting spokesperson Mhlekwa Nxumalo confidently said that as things stand, the SACP is unshaken by the rumors that Dlamini Zuma will be sworn in and replace Nzimande.
“Comrade Blade (Nzimande) remains in the cabinet of the movement and our view is that he will continue to be to there, to do the work that he has been assigned to serve the people of South Africa. All other rumours remain rumours and it will be prejudice for us to react on rumours until something happens, “ Nxumalo said.
Should Nzimande be chopped, it will not come as a surprised. The same can be expected of some of those who voted against Zuma in the last motion of no confidence as well as those who are rallying behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambition to succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader.
Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who has been a staunch critic of Zuma of late, Jeremy Cronin of SACP, Nzimande and Minister Lynne Brown who has been failing dismally to deal with the issues clouding state-owned enterprises, might be facing the axe, according to reports. However, these cabinet reshuffle speculations did not surface as a surprise for the Congress of South Trade Union (COSATU) who accused President Zuma of doing as he pleases, to satisfy his personal life.
Sizwe Pamla, COSATU national spokesperson told African Times that whatever questionable decision that the President makes in the near future, they will not be surprised because it is increasingly becoming a norm.
“Whether the President reshuffle the cabinet now or later on, he has destroyed the economy and there’s little he can do now because there’s so much damage done. We don’t remember him doing anything on behalf of the country, all the decisions he has taken are for his personal gain, ” Pamla said.
He also chanted that COSATU will continue to engage with the ANC for now, in order to shape the life after President Zuma has gone.