SA Cabinet Reshuffle Saga: As President Jacob Zuma continues to make headlines, it has emerged that South Africa’s largest opposition party plans to table a motion of no confidence in Zuma in Parliament.
The motion, as gathered, will be tabled in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution.
The leader of Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane said he has written to National Assembly speaker, Ms Baleka Mbete indicating his party’s intention.
He lamented that at a time when nine million South Africans are without work and the fragile economy requires leadership and clear policy direction, President Zuma continues to play ‘Russian Roulette’ with SA’s economy and its future.
“I have therefore written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, in this regard, indicating our intention to have the motion debated and voted on by Parliament once it is back in session,” he said.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) confirmed in a statement on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma had told its members that he plans to replace Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas in a Cabinet reshuffle.
The communist party reportedly opposed the inclusion of former Eskom Boss Brian Molefe into the executive and rejected plans to have him replace Finance Minister Gordhan Pravin.
“The SACP wishes to state that as the norm‚ the President informed us of his intention to effect a cabinet reshuffle‚ replacing both Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance. We recorded our objection to the intended reshuffle.
However‚ after the meeting, an unfortunate selective leak to various media houses has distorted the facts‚ sought to create a public impression the SACP is firstly responsible for the leak but secondly has agreed to the intention (to replace the finance minister),” the statement read.
Zuma has been trying to kick out Gordhan and his deputy – Jonas Mcebisi – out from his executive for no just reasons. What is actually sketchy about the reshuffling is the timing, as Gordhan continues to earn more support amid the brouhaha.
Reports had it that Zuma had alleged that Gordhan has been planning to oust him from the government. He even went as far as producing an “intelligence report”, detailing Gordhan’s intention.
But the ANC top six rejected the report, questioning its authenticity. The SACP also ditched the report when its members met with President Zuma.
“How can we believe that. We are not children,” SACP deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila said.
Against all odds, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was highly celebrated by the mammoth crowd that gathered on Wednesday at the fitting send-off of a national hero and icon Ahmed Kathrada.
Zuma’s absence apparently brought lightness and hope in a week of chaos and darkness caused by his self-serving, destructive, divisive and disrespectful leadership.
Meanwhile, Malema has compounded Zuma’s headache, following an announcement that he has filed an impeachment case against the president in the Constitutional Court.
The application relates to Zuma’s conduct on Nkandla scandal, including lying to Parliament on numerous occasions.
Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since the Concourt handed down its historic judgement in the EFF’s Nkandla application. Since then EFF’s numerous appeal on the matter to the speaker of Parliament were met with resistance.