One of the silver linings of the current crisis precipitated by the inexplicable Cabinet reshuffle last week, is the clarity it sheds on the political players of our day and where power lies. We now know for sure — if we didn’t know already — that the South African Communist Party (SACP) still holds sway over Zuma, even more than the ANC itself. But ironically, the SACP remains the main culprit in the final destruction of the tripartite alliance. Instead of firing Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and other communist ministers, Zuma resurrected Ben Martins — a member of the SACP politburo that he fired as transport minister not so long ago. In the biggest of ironies, the politburo has now bizarrely called for President Jacob Zuma to resign – an idea that has become very stale in the body politic designed to grandstand instead of achieving Zuma’s demise. The SACP managed to speak with a forked tongue ahead of the reshuffle in what was a blatant hedging of bets — it was spittin...

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