CAPE TOWN, South African Communist Party (SACP) Deputy Chairperson Thulas Nxesi says the changes made to the Cabinet last week by President Jacob Zuma have caused tensions top arise within the Tripartite Alliance, which comprises the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the SACP and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country's largest labour federation.
Speaking at a media briefing here Sunday, he sai the the SACP feels it is now up to the people of the country to mobilise in order to safeguard a democracy that many died for. Nxesi is one of the ministers who were affected by the reshuffle and is now the Minister of Sport after being moved from the Department of Public Works.
Nxesi said the Alliance, a coalition forged as part of their struggle to end apartheid, now stands at crossroads. We have differed with Comrade Pravin (former finance minister Gordhan Pravin) when it comes to a number of economic policies and it was informed by principles, but even in his defence, we are defending a network which wants to take over the Treasury. It's a principled stand. Sacking comrades (former deputy finance minister Mcebisi) Jonas and Gordhan, the Guptas have made a fatal error, for they will not become just another statistic, says Nxesi, in reference to the controversial Gupta business family, who are alleged to have close links to President Zuma.
In protest at President Zuma's decision to fire former Gordhan and Jonas, some quarters have called for a day of solidarity against the cabinet reshuffle in wearing black on Monday. Civil society groups, including Save SA, are planning a mass gathering in Pretoria on Monday.
Well-known figures in South African society have called on South Africans to join the mass protest against Zuma's presidency but others are not convinced, saying this is a ploy from white monopoly capital to push their own agenda.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK