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Zweli Mkhize raises concern over Zuma’s powers

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has told Eyewitness News he’s concerned that the power to hire and fire ministers rests with the president.

FILE: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has told Eyewitness News he’s concerned that the power to hire and fire ministers rests with the president and not the ruling party’s leadership.

Mkhize has reacted to President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle, saying it took him by surprise.

In its latest edition, the Sunday Times reported on a proposal for amendments to the ANC’s Constitution that would see certain powers removed from its president and given to the party’s national executive committee (NEC).

Those powers include the president’s prerogative to hire and fire ministers.

WATCH: Zweli Mkhize: 'Reshuffle was a surprise'

Mkhize says they are concerned about this power resting only with the president.

“The fact that the frequency and number of reshuffles are not in the hands of the ANC leadership, but those of the president, are issues that require the leadership to look at.”

He says he is concerned about the instability that arises when there are frequent changes to the Cabinet.

The recent reshuffle was the 11th since Zuma took office in 2009.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)