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SACP will back Cabinet reshuffle if based on 'proper assessment of govt work'

Speculation of an imminent reshuffle has gained momentum, with weekend reports suggesting Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will likely to be fired by Zuma.

FILE: Blade Nzimande at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921

JOHANNESBURG - 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.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)