Zuma must go - SACP

2017-03-31 22:22

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

Cape Town - "Reckless" President Jacob Zuma should resign, the South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Friday.

The political bureau of the SACP resolved this after meeting in Gauteng earlier on Friday, following Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle, said acting SACP spokesperson Malesela Maleka.

"This recklessness has provoked widespread concern and anger within the ANC itself, and across all sectors of our society. We have reached a decisive moment in which, in the considered view of the SACP leadership, Zuma must now resign."

The SACP thought it was "frankly outrageous" that former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and others were fired, while the "worst performers" continued to enjoy presidential protection or even promotion.

The party would be meeting with provincial structures, alliance partners, and social movements and formations in the coming days.

"It is imperative that popular anger is mobilised and organised in constructive ways that unite South Africans of all persuasions and backgrounds in the defence of our country's interests."

Maleka said this is not a factional struggle or a struggle against an individual but one against a network of parasitism and patronage.

SACP ministers instructed not to resign

He said the timing of the reshuffle, and the deepening banking troubles faced by the Gupta family, laid bare a disturbing reality.

"Increasingly our country is being ruled not from the Union Buildings, but from the Gupta family compound. More and more, critical ANC decisions are being decided not by elected and collective structures in Luthuli House but in Saxonwold."

There had been uncertainty on whether the communist members in Cabinet would resign en masse if Zuma fired Gordhan. 

Maleka put that to rest on Friday evening, saying the political bureau had instructed its executives to remain at their posts.

"This is not because there is any individual entitlement. You [SACP members of the executive] are serving in various capacities because of the support you enjoy across the ANC movement, because of your struggle credentials, and because of your performance in government."

Maleka said they had a responsibility to serve a massive constituency and the country at large now more than ever.

"If you are fired at the behest of the Gupta network because of the SACP's stand on these matters - so be it."

Read more on:    sacp  |  anc  |  jacob zuma  |  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

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!

Hundreds of complaints are filed every year from victims who were scammed when buying a dog online.

 
 

Paws

WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Competition pet grooming – creative or too extreme?
5 Celebrities who are afraid of animals
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.