President Jacob Zuma’s surprise Cabinet reshuffle has provoked a chorus of criticism, including from its alliance partners — and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Mantashe said the removal of South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande would cause further divisions in the tripartite alliance when relations were already at an all-time low. Cosatu and the SACP described the reshuffle as “factional” and said Zuma had not consulted their leaders about the changes — which included the axing of Nzimande as higher education and training minister. Mantashe said the ANC’s top six were merely informed about the changes, not consulted. EFF leader Julius Malema said it was a clear consolidation of state capture for the nuclear procurement deal. And the DA said it did not come as a surprise as it was clear Zuma was at war with anyone who opposed state capture and failed to toe the “Zuma line”. The party also urged the SACP to end its alliance with the ANC. The SACP ...

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