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Nzimande: Zuma single biggest problem in ANC, alliance and SA

Nizmande says the SACP has asked its members who are still serving in government to stay in their posts.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Axed Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says that President Jacob Zuma will be a non-factor after the African National Congress (ANC)’s elective conference in December.

Nzimande was fired last week in Zuma’s recent Cabinet reshuffle.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called on the ANC to recall Zuma and has criticised the government for failing to deal with the influence the Guptas have on state affairs.

Nzimande says Zuma is a major problem.

“He must go because he’s the single biggest problem in the African National Congress, in our alliance and in the country. That’s why we’re calling on him to step down as the president of the Republic.”

Nizmande says that the SACP has asked its members who are still serving in government to stay in their posts.

He was speaking on Radio 702 on Monday night.

LISTEN: What's next for Blade Nzimande?

SIGNS WERE THERE

Blade Nzimande says he's not surprised that Zuma fired him from his portfolio.

Nzimande became a causality of Zuma's latest reshuffle and is the only minister who was completely removed from Cabinet.

He says President Zuma did not hand him a report of the fees commission looking into the feasibility of free higher education.

Nzimande says the signs for his removal were imminent.

“One must respect how the president chooses to deal with that but I just found it completely out of order and that’s why I was not surprised that I was fired. All the signs were there.”