Blade Nzimande: Zuma is going, he's going to be a non-factor after December

Dr Blade Nzimande was one of the ministers to be axed from the Zuma Cabinet last week.

The President announced on Monday an SIU probe into the to affairs of the Public Service Sector Education and Training (PSETA).

The timing of the SIU investigation will no doubt be seen as an escalation of his efforts to go after his staunchest critics in the tripartite alliance.

Nzimande talks to Karima Brown about the events and the work he achieved in the education sector.

It would be good to ask the President why he did not give me the Fees Commission Report.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

He says when the report was kept from him, he knew he was about to be pushed out of Cabinet.

After the report was given to the President I was not consulted. I found it completely out of order.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

He says Zuma is destroying the Tripartite Alliance, but the SACP has been provoked before, both my Thabo Mbeki and even the Mandela government.

President Zuma is trying to provoke us - the SACP - to destroy the Tripartite Alliance.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

Had we known the things that we know now...we would not have supported Zuma then.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

But, he says back in 2009 some good things were achieved by the early Zuma administration.

However, he insists no one knew back in 2010 that the Gupta family were taking over the running of the country.

Who was aware of the Gupta hand in 2010? Not even the media was aware...hindsight is a perfect science.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

As soon as wrongdoing became known, he says he and others began speaking out.

Had we known the things that we know now...we would not have supported Zuma then.

President Zuma is going. He is going to be a non-factor after December.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

Zuma is the single biggest problem in the country, says Nzimande.

'If President Zuma has done wrong things he certainly must be tried, like any other person.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

He says the sacking of a leader of the SACP from Cabinet is indicative of all that is wrong with the Alliance.

Nowhere else in the world would you get a leader of an allied partner sacking a leader of the alliance. That is why we are saying the Alliance is no longer relevant in the way that it is functioning.

Dr Blade Nzimande, SACP general secretary and former minister higher education

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Blade Nzimande: Zuma is going, he's going to be a non-factor after December


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