The African National Congress stalwarts say the latest cabinet reshuffle is an attempt by President Jacob Zuma to undermine any attempts to resolve the crisis the country is facing.
In a statement released on Friday, the veterans questioned the criteria used to deploy ministers and whether they were appointed on merit or self-interest.
The statement read: Incompetence can never be tolerated and successful Ministers should be recognised. There are serious question marks over the criteria used for this reshuffle. There appears to be no alignment in the reshuffle with the attainment of targets in the performance agreements between members of the Executive and the President. It is a reasonable question to ask.
The group says a lack of consultation between party leaders, shows a marginalisation of the ANC by the President.
ANC stalwart Mongane Wolly Serote asserts the reshuffle has only deepened the crisis and factionalism within the ruling party.
It is not ANC ethics that the President can do something the SG does not know, in other words, the principle of consultation has been violated. That shows that there is something very wrong.— Mongane Wolly Serote, ANC stalwart
Was the selection of the ministers done on the basis of merit or is it entrenching factionalism?— Mongane Wolly Serote, ANC stalwart
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