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SACP: Tripartite alliance on brink of disintegration

The SACP says President's Zuma's latest move is not a reshuffle but the targeted removal of Blade Nzimande as a direct attack on the party.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma speaking at a meeting with all Further Education and Training Principals at Saint George Hotel 04 April 2012. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - After this morning's announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which saw the sacking of South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary as Higher Education and Training Minister, the party has warned the move places the tripartite alliance on "the brink of destruction".

"We emphatically reject these manoeuvres that place the Alliance on the brink of disintegration. Our view is that this is not a reshuffle but the targeted removal of Cde Blade as a direct attack on the SACP. Ordinarily the aim of any cabinet reshuffle must be to strengthen the capacity of the state. But in this case that is not the intention, especially with the retention of so many deadwoods and compromised individuals in Cabinet.

"The continued authoritarianism by Zuma, disregarding Alliance protocols and relations, has plunged the Alliance into unchartered waters. In fact this action, more than anything else, also compromises and further tarnishes the image of the ANC itself. Zuma’s removal of Dr Nzimande from the Cabinet without consultation with the Alliance is nothing but a response to the popular call, led by the SACP and COSATU, for the President to resign.

"Our call for Zuma to step down is based on the many problems of corruption, governance decay and state capture under his watch. In addition, the removal of Dr Nzimande from the Cabinet is part of Zuma’s manoeuvres to secure successful election of his ordained successor at the forthcoming ANC December national conference.fact this action, more than anything else, also compromises and further tarnishes the image of the ANC itself.

"Zuma’s removal of Dr Nzimande from the Cabinet without consultation with the Alliance is nothing but a response to the popular call, led by the SACP and COSATU, for the President to resign. Our call for Zuma to step down is based on the many problems of corruption, governance decay and state capture under his watch. In addition, the removal of Dr Nzimande from the Cabinet is part of Zuma’s manoeuvres to secure successful election of his ordained successor at the forthcoming ANC December national conference.

"It is a well-known fact that the malady of corruption, governance decay and state capture has worsened exponentially under the incumbency of President Zuma and his friends, the Gupta family. If the President thinks that by removing Dr Nzimande from the Cabinet he will silence the SACP from the leading role it has played to expose and confront state capture, he is glaringly mistaken! Instead, the SACP is even more committed to continuing with its leading role in waging the struggle against state capture and corruption."

Responding to the axing of Nzimande, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said, "It's a pity he's been removed because he has done well in education".

He added that the NEC was informed about the Cabinet reshuffle, but not consulted.

Mantashe says the removal of Nzimande will impact negatively on the alliance between the ANC and the SACP.

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