Cosatu's Solly Phetoe: This is a factional reshuffling

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma announced some unexpected changes to his Cabinet.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) deputy general, Solly Phetoe says his organisation was informed of the changes by the President and says he was called a few hours prior to the President's public announcement.

Phetoe goes on to say Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle isn't helping with regards to holding up the economy of the country.

It's a serious problem that the President of the Republic of South Africa continues to disrespect the public, the workers and his own political party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Solly Phetoe, Cosatu deputy secretary general

In our view, this wasn't a reshuffle but a shift. It was a removal of the minister of higher education, Minister Blade Nzimande.

Solly Phetoe, Cosatu deputy secretary general

Phetoe says the President failed to acknowledge the crisis of the economy that continues to grip South Africa.

He says the union federation has asked itself, why President Zuma did not sack corrupt ministers. This is a factional reshuffling says Phetoe. He adds that the removal of Nzimande will not stop them from asking Zuma to step down.

Listen to the full interview in the audio clip:


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