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Mcebisi Jonas on Friday said that state capture is a national issue all
South Africans need to take a stand against. South Africa is at a crossroads which should not be taken lightly.
ANC treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize, says the ANC leadership should have been consulted on President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle on Thursday evening.
Mkhize said in a statement on Saturday said that while Zuma has the Constitutional right to choose who serves in his Cabinet, he had his reservations.”
Unlike previous consultations which take place with senior officials of the ANC during such appointments and changes to the composition of the national executive, the briefing by the President left a distinct impression that the ANC is no longer the centre and thus depriving the leadership collective of its responsibly to advise politically on executive matters.”
The ANC needs to be able to justify all its leadership decisions as a collective, he said, and previous decisions have ordinarily been handled that way.
He also questioned the rationality of some of the dismissals, given that some members of Zuma’s cabinet have been underperforming in their portfolios.
“While there are many outstanding cabinet ministers with integrity and who are performing exceptionally well in their portfolios, however, we need to admit that there are also several serving ministers whose performance is rather unsatisfactory, hence they have attracted severe criticism as public representatives against whom appropriate action would be expected.”
The ANC leadership can therefore not justify to be seen to have ignored or not considered these glaring factors in a cabinet reshuffle, he said.
He also said there was a discomfort concerning the circumstances around the recall of former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, from an international roadshow earlier this week.
Mkhize called the so-called “intelligence report” cited as the reason for the recall “dubious at the least”, and bemoaned the negative public image and undesirable effects on the country’s economy.
“The manner in which these events unfolded may have had long undesirable consequences for the ANC and South Africa.
“Regardless of which individual is responsible for which portfolio, what matters most should always be the interest of the ANC and country above any other narrow interest.”
He said the ANC leadership now needed to “seriously apply its mind” and express a collective view to these developments.
Mkhize though congratulated the new cabinet ministers, and the “introduction of younger generation of leaders to the national executive is well acknowledged”.
“I am unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation.
“This ANC is still our ANC. We need to get this organisation
of ours into a shape that shows we are truly a people’s movement.”
– Pravin Gordhan
Outspoken ANC top 6 members ‘ill disciplined’ – Mpumalanga chair Mabuza
Mpumalanga – Members of the ANC’s top 6 who have spoken out against the cabinet reshuffle are “ill disciplined”, Mpumalanga ANC chairperson, David Mabuza, said on Sunday.
He was referring to President Jacob Zuma’s dramatic cabinet reshuffle which included the firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.Zuma’s decision has been met with outrage, with some members of the party’s top 6 openly admitting that there was no agreement over the firing of some ministers.
The ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, said the president’s list of new appointments seem to have come from “elsewhere”.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called Zuma’s decision “totally unacceptable”, while ANC treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize, said the briefing by Zuma left an impression that “the party was no longer at the centre”.
Mabuza, addressing journalists in Bushbuck Ridge on Sunday after welcoming former ANC members back in the party, said Mkhize and Ramaphosa, “must remember they are not the president. There is only one president.
“I don’t know if they want to exercise the same powers that the president has. It is quite ill disciplined that people will go out and say they differ with the president. That is ill disciplined,” said Mabuza.
He said, “To hire people, to hire ministers is the prerogative of the president. To hire MECs is my prerogative as premier”.
Zuma, said Mabuza, could decide to outsource that prerogative and “give it to other people to assist him in making a decision on who to appoint”.
“To me the deployment of people is not the most important thing in the ANC because we don’t own these positions. I was not born to be a premier. You can remove me tomorrow and to be honest I won’t have a problem,” he said.
Mabuza said he didn’t want to read a lot into what the president has done, “exercising his prerogative”.
He said the president had the responsibility to run the country and that he could not fail the people of the country.
“You can’t hang your dirty linen out there. What are you trying to do, whom are you trying to appease?” asked Mabuza.
“We are working very hard on the ground to unite the ANC but they are doing their best to divide it,” he said.