Sassa debacle may be changing the minds of voters

Someone asked the President ‘How can you sack a Finance Minister who is performing and you’ve got a Social Security Minister who is not performing? Yet she keeps her job and the Finance Minister loses his’. The President then cryptically responds ‘There were reasons for the sacking of the Finance Minister’, and then he doesn’t give any.

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

Is this changing the minds of voters? We might find in 2019 that the question has changed. In 2014 the question was ‘How can I not vote for the ANC?’ For many people in 2019 the question will be ‘How can I vote for the ANC’?

Stephen Grootes, EWN

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed EWN’s Stephen Grootes about the political ramifications of the Sassa debacle.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

He [Jacob Zuma] seemed to contradict himself, saying there wasn’t a crisis, but there was a crisis, but there wasn’t a crisis.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

There was a sense of arrogance… Jacob Zuma said as the President he doesn’t have to explain why he removed Finance Minister Nene.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

He [Jacob Zuma] seems at arms’ length to it all.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

People are trying to understand how this could’ve happened, and the ANC’s attitude and putting it to the President.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

Why are we surprised [that Jacob Zuma won’t give a straight answer]?

Stephen Grootes, EWN

There is a very real distance between Zuma’s core of people and the rest of the ANC.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

Minister Dlamini seems untouchable; she’s very close to Jacob Zuma.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

Minister Dlamini is the most public supporter of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

People who receive grants know the money is there.

Stephen Grootes, EWN

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