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Cabinet doesn’t belong to Zuma, says SACP

The SACP says many of President Jacob Zuma’s actions can’t be defended by the party.

South African Communist Party's Solly Mapaila during a media briefing in Johannesburg on the 17 October 2017. Picture : Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says the Cabinet does not belong to President Jacob Zuma and that its quite clear that Zuma himself, through his actions, has detached himself from the mandate of the African National Congress (ANC).

The SACP says many of Zuma’s actions can’t be defended by the party.

Earlier on Tuesday, the presidency announced that SACP leader Blade Nzimande had been removed from the Cabinet while a few other ministers were given new portfolios.

WATCH: SACP: Zuma has gone to war with us

SACP deputy secretary-general Solly Mapaila says President Zuma’s decisions constantly differ with his own organisation.

“President Zuma has detached himself from ANC and NEC decisions. He differs constantly with his own organisation.”

Mapaila says the order, for now, is that the party’s members remain in cabinet and do not leave.

“And serve the interest of the people of South Africa, not Zuma. A national executive or Cabinet is not a small team of Zuma’s people.”

He says a decision on whether their leader, Nzimande, will remain a Member of Parliament or return to SACP headquarters will be made soon.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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