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SACP Eastern Cape sees Nzimande axing as tactic for looting of resources

Oct 17, 2017
SACP Eastern Cape sees Nzimande axing as tactic for looting of resources

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday said that it agrees with its Central Committee in rejecting what it termed the 'factional' cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma.

The SACP on Tuesday said that the axing of its long-time Secretary General, Dr Blade Nzimande, from his Cabinet post as Minister of Higher Education and Training by President Zuma is a direct attack on the SACP.

Nzimande, who has been the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) since 1998, had been the Minister of Higher Education and Training since 2009.

The SACP, which is part of the African National Congress (ANC) led Tripartite Alliance together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), has recently been vocal in demands that Zuma resigns.


According to SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi; "The factional removal of Comrade Blade Nzimande as the Minister of Higher Education and Training is indeed a direct attack to the SACP and desperate move to consolidate the machinery for looting of public resources for President Zuma, his family and friends, including the toxic Gupta family."

Mdodi said that it is the party's view that "to lose a position for standing on the side of the people and the truth, should be a badge of honour, which all those, who love South Africa and her people should be more willing to wear".

"We remain undeterred in our principled resolved to fight against corruption and corporate capture of our state to ensure that the public resources to be used to benefit the people of South Africa as a whole," he added. 

"We salute our General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande for his meaningful contribution in establishing a completely new department that has secured a clean audit over the years and has established a firm foundation for the transformation of the higher education in our country.

"Our country’s resources, our country’s sovereignty or death! We are destined for victory."