Seems like another Cabinet reshuffle imminent for South Africa
Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail|11 September 2017|20 Dhul Hijjah 1438
The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it will only support a Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma if ministers implicated in the Gupta emails and other corruption scandals are sacked.
Speculation of an imminent reshuffle has gained momentum, with weekend reports suggesting Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will likely to be fired by Zuma.
The reports also claimed that presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be appointed to replace him.
SACP spokesperson Mhlekwa Nxumalo says as far as they’re concerned, Nzimande will remain the Minister of Higher Education.
“President Zuma is still expected to act within the collective interests of the ANC. When he has any intention to do a reshuffle, we are sure the ANC will contact us.”
He says Zuma will not get away with an “unjustifiable” reshuffle.
“We will only welcome a reshuffle if it is based on a proper assessment of government work.”
He adds that they’ll only support a reshuffle that takes action against ministers implicated in scandals, including the Gupta emails and Sassa debacle.
Analyst: Cabinet reshuffle would be no surprise
Political analysts say that a Cabinet reshuffle could worsen the state of South African politics.
According to Sunday reports, President Jacob Zuma intends on firing Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande, replacing him with presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Nzimande has been vocal about Zuma’s presidency, saying that his appointment was a mistake.
Political analyst Lesiba Teffo says Zuma is in a vulnerable state.
“The firing of [Pravin] Gordhan is likely to expedite his demise. The president is extremely vulnerable.”
Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleka says that a reshuffle would not be a surprise.
“We can never rule out the possibility of a reshuffle. With this said, the criteria that Zuma uses has never been revealed. The performance of a minister never seems to be an important criterion for him.”
During an ANC Youth League event in Cape Town earlier on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma sidestepped questions about her redeployment to Parliament.
She was not willing to discuss the issue and was ushered into the venue.
When asked if she knew anything about a looming Cabinet reshuffle, she responded: “I don’t know anything about that.”
Source – EWN News