South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa may be fired and be criminally charged for treason, according to a report by the City Press.
He will be removed in order to facilitate the appointment of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, according to Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign lobbyists.
The lobbyists also told City Press that this will enable Dlamini-Zuma to establish a commission of inquiry into state capture.
They were also aware of plans to arrest Ramaphosa and charge him with treason in November, just ahead of the ANC’s December conference.
Ramaphosa’s longtime friend, former National Union of Mineworkers president James Motlatsi, told City Press that Zuma’s lobbyists were campaigning by tarnishing Ramaphosa’s image, claiming that “he was a CIA and MI5 spy, and that if he were elected, he would sell the country to Western capitalists”.
Motlatsi said he was convinced that if Zuma removed Ramaphosa, it would actually help the deputy president. “Let what has to happen, happen. But it will intensify his campaign. The sooner they remove him, the better for him, for the ANC and for the country.”
The Ramaphosa lobbyist said such a removal would also give the deputy president enough time to dedicate to his campaign.
“That would allow us to have him 24 hours. At the moment, we can only have him on weekends,” he said.
President Jacob Zuma has announced on Tuesday changes to the national cabinet, including a new Minister of Communications, and kicked out Blade Nzimande as Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Zuma in a statement issued on Tuesday morning, bucking his trend of issuing cabinet reshuffle statement at mid-night, said after careful consideration, I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive;
- Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training
- Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs
- Ms Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications
- Mr David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy
- Bongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security
- Mr Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training
“I thank the former members of the National Executive for good service in their previous portfolios. I wish the members who are assuming new portfolios all the best in their new responsibilities,” reads his statement.