African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has described as disappointing the axing of South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande as higher education and training minister.
Zuma announced the surprise Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday morning, replacing Nzimande with Hlengiwe Mkhize — drawing the ire of the SACP, who said the move was a “direct attack” on the ruling ANC’s alliance partner.
Speaking to eNCA, Mantashe described Nzimande as “brilliant, full of energy and working hard”.
“He is now removed. The ANC will continue using him, and we hoping that he will not resign from Parliament because we still need his energy, we still need his knowledge,” said Mantashe.