Nzimande: Anti-Zuma campaign will serve no purpose

Nzimande: Anti-Zuma campaign will serve no purpose

South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande says the call by his party's Politburo for President Jacob Zuma to step down, should not be viewed as an anti-Zuma campaign.

Blade Nzimande
Samkele Maseko

"Issues around President Jacob Zuma should not be personalised. Though we are saying it is appropriate for the president to step aside, we can't turn it into an anti-Zuma campaign."  

Nzimande addressed trade union federation Cosatu

's Gauteng Provincial Shop Steward Council in Johannesburg this morning.

Nzimande said some of the issues which affected the tripartite alliance at the time of former President Thabo Mbeki's recall in 2008, have still not been dealt with properly.

"You think removing an individual will solve all of your problems, but it only solves part of it. We dealt with the symptoms and not the fundamental problems.

"We did not deal with factions that captured the organisation and now we have provincial kingmakers who are controlling the organisation, causing lots of problems and we never dealt with that," explained Nzimande.

The SACP and Cosatu, which are both members of the tripartite alliance together with the ANC, have called on President Zuma to step down following his controversial Cabinet reshuffle. 

Nzimande said the SACP will engage its alliance partners on the issue of President Zuma.

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