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Zukile Majova

Zukile Majova

THE SACP says it reserves the right to recall members who are ministers and deputy ministers in President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet if the government wants them to implement policies in sharp contrast with those of the SACP.

The SACP and Cosatu have a record number of ministers and deputy ministers in Zuma's Cabinet.

A recall of Cosatu and SACP members would paralyse the Cabinet and destabilise some provincial legislatures.

The likes of Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies hold crucial posts in Cabinet.

In the past, Cosatu and the SACP claimed former president Thabo Mbeki disregarded their socialist ideals and compelled ministers like former Public Enterprises' Jeff Radebe to privatise state assets.

Nzimande, who is also the SACP's secretary-general, said it "had the right" to recall its members from government.

"First of all it's the ANC, specifically the president of the Republic, that appoints the Cabinet and we serve on that basis.

"But at the same time we are saying, as communists, it is important that we pursue a programme that we are in agreement with and that is why we have decided to participate.

"We are in agreement with what is in the ANC manifesto and we think it's very good."

He told The Justice Factor programme on e-News that relations between the ANC and its alliance partners "have improved" since the Polokwane conference.

He said there was now "much more consultation" from the ANC leadership.

"In the past, to be quite honest, [Mbeki] appointed ministers who were communists and gave them tasks to privatise and . to downsize the public service as if this was really a jibe at the SACP."

He said the SACP did not anticipate a huge disagreement with the Zuma administration as it had with Mbeki - but if relations soured, the SACP would recall its members.

Asked if the SACP could recall him and other members from government, he said: "They can call me back.

"In fact, we have an understanding that since the SACP . has been consulted on a number of things, including on appointments [of Cabinet], there is also an understanding that if there is a problem, the SACP will raise it with the ANC."

lSowetan has learnt that former minister of defence Charles Nqakula, who sits on the SACP central committee, will be appointed special advisor to President Zuma.


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