SACP says Zuma is responsible for backlash against Ramaphosa’s plans

SACP says Zuma is responsible for backlash against Ramaphosa’s plans

- The South African Communist Party (SACP) has blamed Jacob Zuma and his allies for impeding progress on eradicating corruption and state capture

- SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has condemned what he called a fightback from Zuma’s allies in the fight against corruption

- Zuma and his supporters are preparing for his second court appearance in connection with fraud charges which is scheduled to take place on Friday

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The South African Communist Party (SACP) has blamed former president Jacob Zuma and his allies for impeding progress by President Cyril Ramaphosa in eradicating corruption and state capture.

SACP general secretary and transport minister Blade Nzimande condemned what he called a fightback from Zuma loyalists in the fight against state corruption.

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Nzimande praised Ramaphosa for the progress his administration had made in the fight against state looting, corruption and state capture which had become endemic under Zuma’s leadership. gathered that Nzimande, however, remained critical of Zuma and his allies for hampering Ramaphosa’s policies. reported that Nzimande said: “In many ways, former president Zuma is at the heart of this fightback, together with a group of discredited individuals.”

The SACP leader was also critical of Zuma’s tepid remarks regarding the formation of a new political party in KwaZulu-Natal. reported last week that a group of Zuma loyalists confirmed they would be launching a new party which aimed to split the ANC.

Zuma has distanced himself from the group and stated that he had no intention to leave the ANC.

Nzimande said: “Comrade JZ must distance himself far from that. It’s not enough for him to say what I was taught by the ANC, I’ll never leave the ANC.” reported that the SACP said it would continue to fight against Zuma for as long as he surrounded himself by counter-revolutionary individuals or groups.

SACP deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila was less than impressed with Zuma and accused the former president of trying to destroy the alliance between the ANC and SACP. He also accused the ANC of being soft on Zuma.

He said: “The ANC must come out much more clearly in this regard so that they don't just protect him because he is a former leader and he continues to do wrong things via the movement and associating himself with counter-revolutionaries.

Zuma is preparing to make a second appearance in the Durban High Court in relation to his corruption charges for the infamous arms deal.

The former president’s supporters are expected to hold another vigil in Durban on Thursday evening.

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