- Rumours from ANC insiders have emerged that an axe is dangling over the heads of some of the ANC top guns
- Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, a possible cabinet reshuffle may be on the cards
- Ministers Sisulu, Cele and Dlamini-Zuma are set to be the target of the president's round of musical chairs
The ANC is battling multiple problems on different fronts. While the ruling party has to steer South Africa out of the Covid-19 pandemic, saving both lives and the economy, internal battles are also growing.
Rumours have emerged over the weekend of a possible cabinet reshuffle.
The round of musical chairs is expected to target "untouchables" like Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Police Bheki Cele, said the Sunday Independent.
Experts have warned that this move- motivated by ANC politics than governance issues - could backfire on President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Professor Tinyiko Maluleke and Dr Metji Makgoba said Ramaphosa would be "overplaying his hand" and would have difficulties explaining the move at Luthuli House.
Briefly.co.za reported that the internal discord in the ANC reared its face last week after secretary general Ace Magashule and national chairperson Gwede Mantashe presented conflicting views over the reinstatement of VBS-accused Danny Msiza and Florence Radzilani.
In June, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga came under fire for her hasty decision to reopen schools in a bid to try and save the school year. It was said this move was motivated by a looming cabinet reshuffle.
The hardworking Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is surprisingly said to also be the target of the reshuffle, along with Cele.
The South African reported that it is understood that the president is at loggerheads with his senior colleagues following a series of arguments about the cigarette ban.
Several ANC insiders this week said the looming reshuffle of the national executive was targeting Ramaphosa’s critics and party national executive committee (NEC) members who fell out with the president over the enforcement of Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has also been identified as a potential minister in the cross-hairs. The contentious ban on cigarettes has seen the government being dragged to different courts.
Dlamini-Zuma has been the face of the resistance against the sale of tobacco. She has come under fire for this but despite criticism levelled against her, she has remained resilient in her stance.
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is understood to also be targeted.
Sisulu, who last year called on the ANC to probe claims that the 2017 Nasrec national conference that elected Ramaphosa had been 'bought', is seen as a potential ANC presidential challenger in 2022.
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