Replacing Mbeki with Zuma did not solve our problems - Nzimande

2017-04-20 16:45
Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande has said they made a mistake by believing that removing President Thabo Mbeki and replacing him with President Jacob Zuma would resolve the problems they saw in the Mbeki presidency.

Mbeki was recalled in 2008 as the country's president.

"We are back where we were ten years ago. We dealt with the symptom and not fundamental problems," Nzimande said.

He was speaking on the side-lines of the Cosatu Gauteng's provincial council of shop stewards.

African National Congress alliance partners SACP and Cosatu led the vigorous campaign for Zuma to ascend to party presidency ahead of the 2007 ANC elective conference.

They are now leading calls for him to step down, following his Cabinet reshuffle that saw five ministers fired including Pravin Gordhan as finance minister.

Failure to consult

In an unprecedented move, Zuma changed his executive without consulting the ANC leadership and the alliance partners.

Nzimande said while they want Zuma to go, launching an anti-Zuma campaign would be a mistake.

"The issues that make Cosatu and the SACP take these decisions is deeper than an individual. Though we say we think it will be appropriate for the President to step aside, we can't turn it into a personalised anti-Zuma campaign. It will be a mistake," Nzimande said.

He said some of the concerns they had with the Mbeki presidency was now happening again including failure to consult the movement on key decisions, abuse of state organs, failure to transform the economy and the use of the state by parasites to loot it.

Nzimande said they failed to deal with factions when Mbeki was recalled, making a veiled jab at the so called Premier League, that has been Zuma's support base.

"What we never dealt with are factions that captured the organisation. You now have what are... provincial king makers, going around controlling the organisation causing lots of problems. We never dealt with that," Nzimande said.

He said they would now consult the alliance on the way forward as Zuma has said he will stay in power until 2019.

Read more on:    sacp  |  anc  |  blade nzimande  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
There's an app for that: how apps have changed us

"There's an app for that" is more than just Apple's marketing mantra. Mobile apps have emerged over the last 10 years or so for practically every need in a person's day and changed our lives.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.