Mr Gwede Mantashe Slams Zuma: So strange is the ANC’s leadership and political linguistics these days that when they do/agree on something behind closed door, they tell the masses a different thing.
It’s crystal clear that the ruling party, the Zuma-led government and of course the state as a whole are sitting in the center of multiple catastrophes and dilemma covering broad areas of economic, social and political life.
South Africans woke up this morning with the report of yet another embarrassment from the ANC involving President Zuma and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
Multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday that Mantashe has cried out over allegations that he apologized to President Zuma for opposing his latest cabinet reshuffle.
The ANC top member raised the alarm after Zuma said in his court submission that Cyril Ramaphosa and Mr Gwede Mantashe had apologized for publicly criticizing the reshuffle.
Mantashe reacted to Zuma’s allegation this morning, saying that the president had lied in his court papers. He buttressed that although he wished the new ministers ‘the best’, he never apologized.
BuzzSouthAfrica recalls that Mantashe publicly condemned Zuma’s decision shortly after the presidency published the list of the new ministers.
In fact, he told Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala, at the time, in an interview, that Zuma didn’t consult the party and that the list was developed ‘elsewhere’.
Afterward, multiple sources had it that Mr Gwede Mantashe, Zweli Mkhize and Ramaphosa were ‘forced’ by other members of the ANC top six to apologize to President Zuma for speaking against the reshuffle at ANC’s national working committee at Luthuli House on Tuesday, 4 April.
The minutes of the meeting also detailed how the three ‘rebellious’ officials were rebuked by ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday, filed an urgent application against Zuma with the North Gauteng High Court. to force Zuma to supply reasons for his decision to reshuffle Cabinet, including firing Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas.
In its application, the party asked the court to force Zuma to give reasons for his cabinet reshuffle which saw South Africa’s respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas removed.
A statement issued by the DA reads:
“This latest urgent application is necessary to force the president to disclose the reasons for and the record of his decision to reshuffle his cabinet so that our earlier application to review the rationality of his decision can proceed.
In our founding papers for this urgent application to compel, the DA requests the court to order President Zuma to provide a written record of decision and reasons for the reshuffle, yet disingenuously the president’s reply to our papers claims that South Africa is not entitled to know why he acted, as he did because he was exercising his executive power.”
On March 31, President Zuma made an after-midnight announcement of his long-threatened Cabinet reshuffle.
He subsequently said in a letter that the changes were made to “improve efficiency and effectiveness” as well as to bring younger MPs and women into the executive.
In particular, the ANC NWC buttressed that Gordhan was removed due to an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship between him and the president.
The committee, however, dismissed the so-called ‘intelligence report’ which Zuma relied on to fire Gordhan as unfortunate and incorrect.