The removal of Blade Nzimande from his position as Higher Education Minister comes as no surprise to political analyst Karima Brown.
Brown explains that President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle show that relationships in the tripartite alliance are deteriorating.
Alliance relations are at an all time low.— Karima Brown, political analyst and show host
The SA Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have maintained calls for Zum to step down and refused to have him address their gatherings.
In turn, Zuma has rejected all attempts by alliance leaders to call a political alliance council meeting.
Nzimande, who is also the SACP General Secretary, has reportedly had a strained relationship with the President.
Brown says SACP members in government will have to decide how to respond to the outing of Nzimande.
She advises that SACP members who remain in Cabinet are "at the mercy" of Zuma and will have to strategise on the political future.
Meanwhile, the SACP says Zuma's move "is not a reshuffle but the targeted removal of [Nzimande] as a direct attack on the SACP."
Take a listen to her insightful analysis and predictions on how SACP might respond:
The SACP says the #CabinetReshuffle isn't aimed at strengthening capacity hence "many deadwoods and compromised individuals" remain unmoved.— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) October 17, 2017
The SACP says the #CabinetReshuffle "is not a reshuffle but the targeted removal of Cde Blade as a direct attack on the SACP."— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) October 17, 2017
The SACP characterises the #CabinetReshuffle as part of Zuma's "continued authoritarianism".— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) October 17, 2017