The South African Communist Party (SACP) held its Special Central Committee meeting on Friday, 20 October 2017 in Johannesburg following the Cabinet Rushuffle by President Jacob Zuma last week which saw its leader Blade Nzimande been removed from a highly decorated ministerial role.
In a statement the SACP confirmed that the party has discussed the recent Cabinet reshuffle “another reckless Cabinet reshuffle” by President Zuma.
“This was not the move of a master chess-player, as some in the media are suggesting. It was a desperate move by a desperate man who increasingly by-passes his own cabinet, his own ANC NEC, his own ANC top six, let alone the broad Alliance, in an attempt to ram through his own private agendas.” said SACP
“The reshuffling is a desperate move in the context of repeated defeats and rebuffs for the Zuma-Gupta axis, including the downfall of Brian Molefe, Dudu Myeni, and Hlaudi Motsoeneng. It occurs in the context of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision on the multiple criminal charges facing President Zuma.
“The serial replacement of successive ministers of energy is a sign of desperation as President Zuma tries futilely to ram through a nuclear procurement programme that our country neither needs nor can afford. As the new minister will quickly discover, if cabinet does not reject the nuclear deal, parliament will, if parliament does not, the courts will. If those structures are by-passed the new minister will find himself in jail.”
SACP on Blade Nzimande reshuffle:
- In the most recent Cabinet reshuffle the one minister who was actually dropped was, of course, our General Secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande while chronically under-performing ministers have been retained. As the SACP we wear Cde Nzimande’s removal as a collective badge of honour.
- Reckless as the move was, it came as no surprise to the SACP. Cde Nzimande has consistently articulated the SACP’s position that President Zuma must go. Cde Nzimande’s influential and consistent role within Cabinet in frustrating attempts at looting of public resources is at the root of his displacement. The whole country can plainly see that Cde Nzimande, like other Communists in provinces and municipalities, has not been dropped because of corruption, or under-performance, or a lack of energetic defence of the interests of the workers and the poor.
- The developments of this past week have reinforced the SACP’s determination to work together with hundreds of thousands of ANC members to rid our collective liberation movement of despotic tendencies and parasitic looting. The SACP will not be misled into rash actions by a provocative president hiding behind a presidential prerogative. The SACP remains steadfast in its commitment to building a broad patriotic front against state capture and corruption. The SACP remains committed to its strategic vision of contesting all key sites of power, not for the sake of the SACP or our individual members – but in the interests of the great majority of South Africans, the working class and poor.
The party said it will be taking their perspectives forward, including in the Alliance Political Council on Thursday, 26 October 2017 and will convene another Central Committee plenary over the next weekend.