The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called on President Jacob Zuma to deny or confirm allegations that he plans to fire Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
SACP's Solly Mapaila says the party has credible information that Zuma wants to axe Ramaphosa to ensure that he doesn't become acting president when Zuma exits.
It's alleged that Zuma wants to make Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma his deputy so that she may take over as acting president should he be removed from office.
Mapaila also condemned apparent attempts by Zuma to mobilise the Amabutho (Zulu regiments) in order to stay in office.
Mapaila: Zuma has now receded to tribal mobilsation in order to destabilise South Africa to keep himself in office. @MYANC leadership should not be held at ransom through threats of violence. #TheKarimaBrownShow— 702 (@Radio702) February 6, 2018
He says the ANC must reject Zuma's divisive and reckless conduct in a desperate attempt to cling to power.
We want ANC and the alliance to send an unequivocal message to Jacob Zuma that we will not accept his dangerous play games.— Solly Mapaila, SACP deputy general-secretary
Zuma’s fate lies with the ANC national executive committee (NEC) which will now meet on 17 and 18 February to discuss his future.
Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) welcomes decision to postpone the 2018 State of the Nation Address (Sona).
| @_cosatu's Sizwe Pamla: It would have been a joke to let #Zuma deliver #SONA2018. He doesn't care about the people of South Africa. He's holding the @MYANC and the country to ransom. #TheKarimaBrownShow— 702 (@Radio702) February 6, 2018
Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla says Zuma has failed to condemn calls for violence and civil war made in his name.
Pamla says that Zuma and other state capture beneficiaries are trying by all means to fight.
Both Pamla and Mapaila maintain that the ANC NEC will have to recall Zuma in order to restore public confidence.
It's the last kick of a dying horse.— Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson
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