- The Democratic Alliance's former shadow minister of public enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia, was axed as shadow minister by party leader John Steenhuisen this week
- Cachalia was fired for his statements condemning Israel and he mentioned Jacob Zuma as his reason for joining politics
- South Africans interrogated him and wanted to understand why he involved Zuma in his battle with Steenhuisen
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Tebogo Mokwena, an experienced Briefly News current affairs journalist, contributed political coverage to Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News during his eight years in South Africa.
South Africans criticised the Democratic Alliance's former shadow minister of public enterprises, Ghaleb Cachalia, for using Jacob Zuma's name in his response to his dismissal. Netizens roasted him and demanded to know why he had to involve the former head of state in a matter that did not inform him.
Cachalia slams Israel
Cachalia posted his statement on his X account, @GhalebCachalia, after he was ousted from his position by the leader of the DA, John Steenhuisen. IOL reported that Cachalia was axed from his position in the DA's shadow cabinet after he tweeted that Israel is committing genocide. This is despite the party's resolution during a caucus meeting on 19 October.
Steenhuisen axes Cachalia
The party agreed to support a two-state union between Israel and Palestine while condemning Hamas's attacks on Israel. Cachalia stated that John Steenhuisen sent him his dismissal letter at 1:10am, saying that he went against the party and was surprised that it was leaked to the media.
He asserted that his loyalties remain with the DA and that he entered politics to remove Zuma and ensure that his legacy is eradicated.
Read the statement here.
South Africans roast him
Netizens were confused about why Zuma must be dragged into Gachalia's mess.
“But you’re misguided. How does Zuma feature in your dismissal? Fight Steenhuisen and leave other people outside your business.”
Andile Lungisa added:
“I don’t know why you use President Zuma’s name in your struggles against the DA. Please fight your battles in your racist, fascist, Zionist Israel-funded DA without using the name of President Zuma for political expediency.”
His Excellency Ngqolomsila asked:
“Have your views on Israel changed? Do you stand by your tweet, or was it Zuma’s fault?”
“You went into politics for the wrong reasons.”
"General TD wanted to know:
DA slams Eskom's new logo tender
In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the Democratic Alliance slammed Eskom after it published a tender for a new logo and a corporate identity. Caleb Cachalia wrote a scathing criticism against Eskom and accused it of wasteful expenditure. He also said that the tender does not address the issues the country faces regarding electricity.
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Eskom's spokesperson, Daphne Mokoena, told Briefly News that the logo and corporate identity are meant for three entities within Eskom that will be separated into transmission, distribution and generation and will outsource the branding of the three entities.
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