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Lindiwe Zulu responds to Trevor Manuel's open letter

Manuel wrote that Zulu made 'reckless statements' about the role of business in South Africa.

Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: YouTube Screengrab.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu says while she respects former former Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel, she disagrees with the views he expressed in an open letter addressed to her.

In the letter, Manuel wrote that Zulu made 'reckless statements' about the role of business in South Africa in the wake of President Jacob Zuma's shock decision to replace Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister and replace him with Des van Rooyen.

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Manuel said Nene's removal led to a breakdown in trust, which has affected Cabinet, the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa at large.

Zulu says trust can't be broken by a single event.

"Let's not mix the president's consultation with different people and mix it with his prerogative and authority to be able to appoint and dismiss a minister. These are two things that must not be mixed because even if Manuel was the president, he would have that authority and that constitutional prerogative."

Last week, the Mail & Guardian reported that Zulu accused big business of wanting to topple Zuma, but she claims she was quoted out of context.

To read Manuel's open letter, click here.