Saturday Star - - OPINION -

WHEN­EVER the ru­mour mill kicks into high gear about pos­si­ble cabi­net reshuf­fles, peo­ple are ac­cus­tomed to the na­ture of the con­di­tions be­ing laid down by Ja­cob Zuma to im­pose his de­vi­ous in­ten­tions.

The re­cent ru­mours and spec­u­la­tions fol­low a sim­i­lar and es­tab­lished pat­tern, and can­not be ig­nored.

It is dif­fi­cult to ig­nore or dis­miss these ru­mours be­cause, more of­ten than not, they ul­ti­mately be­come re­al­ity, de­spite ini­tial de­nials or ob­fus­ca­tion by both the ANC and the Pres­i­dency.

Ja­cob Zuma is known to be a pre­dictable, cun­ning and schem­ing in­cum­bent of the of­fice of the state pres­i­dent.

When­ever he is on a mis­sion to mis­use or abuse his pow­ers to ef­fect changes in his al­ready bloated cabi­net, he does so not in the in­ter­ests of good gover­nance, to fur­ther grow our economy or re­duce the num­ber (55%) of peo­ple who daily suf­fer the rav­ages of poverty.

It is all about nar­row, self-serv­ing in­ter­ests to con­sol­i­date fac­tional power.

They no longer care about the plight of the peo­ple.

In fact, we are re­li­ably in­formed that the na­tional cabi­net has long ceased to func­tion op­ti­mally or as a co­he­sive col­lec­tive.

Daily in­di­ca­tions abound of a gov­ern­ment that is in free fall.

An­ar­chy has been let loose in our na­tion by weak lead­er­ship.

Ja­cob Zuma and his an­ti­quated ANC still do not grasp the huge dam­age be­ing in­flicted on our na­tion by their shenani­gans. The do­mes­tic and for­eign in­vestor com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to lack the con­fi­dence to in­vest be­cause of the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty.

The long, drawn-out and bruis­ing plot to re­move Pravin Gord­han as fi­nance min­is­ter ear­lier this year re­sulted in se­ri­ous dam­age to our economy, and the lat­est schem­ing will no doubt cause fur­ther dam­age when it is al­ready ail­ing.

Since its for ma­tion, Cope has con­sis­tently pointed out that Ja­cob Zuma was never a fit and proper in­cum­bent as pres­i­dent.

The tyranny of the ma­jor­ity sit­ting on ANC benches in Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing the very same po­ten­tial vic­tims of Zuma’s schem­ing, have con­tin­ued to pro­tect him.

We call on all the cit­i­zens of our coun­try to con­tinue to mo­bilise, or­gan­ise and ed­u­cate the masses of our peo­ple to ready them­selves and go out in their large num­bers to vote the an­ti­quated ANC out of power in the next elec­tion.

Our re­solve to free our na­tion from poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity caused by the an­ti­quated ANC shall never di­min­ish.

Pakes Dikgetsi Cope na­tional chair­per­son

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