The South African Communist Party (SACP) warned yesterday that the country’s tripartite alliance is on the “brink of disintegration” after President Jacob Zuma kicked its leader out of his Cabinet.
Mr Zuma replaced Blade Nzimande, who as served as South Africa’s higher education minister for eight years, with Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize.
SACP spokesman Alex Mashilo said the move was “not a reshuffle” and that the party regarded the “targeted removal of Comrade Blade as a direct attack on the SACP.”
He warned that Mr Zuma’s decision also placed the alliance between the ruling ANC party, SACP and trade union federation Cosatu “on the brink of disintegration.”
“[This] has plunged the alliance into unchartered waters,” he said. “In fact this action, more than anything else, also compromises and further tarnishes the image of the ANC itself.”
Mr Nzimande and his deputy Solly Mapaila have led calls for Mr Zuma’s resignation over corruption allegations.