South Africa 8.10.2016 11:53 am

Zuma ‘under pressure’ to fire Muthambi and shift Zwane

FILE PICTURE: Former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. (Photo: GCIS)

FILE PICTURE: Former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. (Photo: GCIS)

Both ministers have plunged their respective ministries into crisis, but will the president act?

According to the Saturday Star, “it is understood” that President Jacob Zuma is under pressure to fire Communications Minister Faith Muthambi over her handling of the ongoing crisis at the SABC.

The paper has also reported that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is in the firing line over his bizarre comments regarding a bank probe in South Africa after all major bank stopped being willing to service any of the Gupta family’s accounts.

Muthambi has, in effect, expressed the view that she is not about to step in and fix matters at the SABC, which continues to be held in the grip of her confidant Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications wants the SABC board to be removed entirely, and the ANC has also (officially, at any event) expressed its concern around the SABC crisis.

Zuma’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment, but the paper reports that Zwane is likely to be headed for the less economically critical and sensitive department of water and sanitation, with Nomvula Mokonyane then in line to be shifted to the department of agriculture.

Zuma has reshuffled his Cabinet less frequently in his second term, though his last attempt to rejig cost the economy as much as R500 billion after he disastrously fired Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister and replaced him with a little-known backbencher with links to Zuma’s friends the Guptas.

 

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