With the recall of finance minister Pravin Gordhan from Britain, it was expected that Jacob Zuma would announce a long-awaited cabinet reshuffle with the possible removal of Gordhan as finance minister.
Meanwhile, another Robben Island inmate died and this ruffled Zuma’s plans. Zuma was not allowed to attend Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral, and to rub salt into the wounds his former deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, read a letter during the funeral, written by Kathrada in which he has appealed for Zuma to obey the people’s request and resign. Mourners greeted the reading of the letter with a great shout.
It seems that the resistance is even working within the Cabinet building up against Zuma as he is beginning to overplay his hand. Notable is that ministers began to attack or defend each other again and again, which demonstrates the profound differences. Political analysts said cabinet cannot function properly in that way, and instead of trying to achieve unity, Zuma merrily tags along with the factionalism, to try to strengthen his position.
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