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Mapaila: I struggle every day to accept Zuma’s leadership

Solly Mapaila believes the president lied about the reasons behind the removal of Pravin Gordan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.

First Deputy General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Solly Mapaila. Picture: @SACP1921/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP)’s Solly Mapaila says he sent an affidavit to the Inspector-General of Intelligence asking him to investigate the legitimacy of the intelligence report allegedly used by President Jacob Zuma to reshuffle his Cabinet earlier this year.

Mapaila believes the president lied about the reasons behind the removal of Pravin Gordan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.

He says the so called intelligence report used by Zuma in his Cabinet reshuffle should be verified.

“On that basis, we wrote to the Inspector-General of Intelligence requesting an investigation into the truthfulness of the report, its sources and the reasons for its commissioning.”

He says the SACP regrets now more than ever supporting Zuma to become president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2007 and says that support has now plunged the country into a crisis of corruption.

“I, personally, struggle every day to accept the leadership of President Zuma.”

Mapaila says that if Gordhan and Jonas have attempted to sell the state as alleged by the intelligence report, then they should have been charged with treason and not removed from the Finance Ministry.

At the same time, Mapaila says South Africa is owed an apology.

Other panelists, included the ANC Member of Parliament Makhosi Khoza and chairperson of Save SA Sipho Pityana.

Mapaila apologised, saying that the SACP supported President Jacob Zuma to become president by allocating him platforms in the party to address members.

He says, at the time, the Communist Party was convinced that Zuma had been cleared in the eyes of the law.

“Ultimately we know we plunged the country into this crisis that it is in because we supported a man that even at that time could not understand the consequences.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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