ANCWL slams S&P’s SA chief

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE ANC Women’s League has launched a scathing at­tack on Stan­dard & Poor’s head in South Africa, Kon­rad Reuss, for warn­ing of a pos­si­ble down­grade if Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma reshuf­fled his cabi­net.

Spec­u­la­tion is mount­ing of a cabi­net reshuf­fle in the com­ing weeks, and Reuss said this would af­fect South Africa’s re­view by the rat­ing agency later this year.

Rat­ing agen­cies are ex­pected to con­duct an­other as­sess­ment in the next six months.

How­ever, Reuss said there would be a se­ri­ous im­pact in South Africa’s credit rat­ing if there were changes in the gov­ern­ment.

ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba said the gov­ern­ment and the ANC could not be dic­tated to by Reuss.

She said Reuss must de­clare whose in­ter­ests he was serv­ing if he threat­ened of an im­pact on the coun­try’s credit rat­ing by S&P if Zuma reshuf­fled his cabi­net.

Matuba de­scribed Reuss’s re­marks as in­tim­i­dat­ing the state.

She said Reuss was un­der­min­ing Zuma’s pre­rog­a­tive to ap­point who­ever he wanted in the cabi­net.

“Fur­ther­more, Mr Reuss said that when go­ing to ANC lead­er­ship elec­tions later in the year, it has to do the right thing,” said Matuba.

“Since its in­cep­tion in 1912, the ANC has been do­ing the right thing, in par­tic­u­lar when elect­ing its lead­ers,” she said.

Matuba said Reuss must stop his down­grade scare tac­tics.

The ANC suc­ces­sion bat­tle has in­ten­si­fied in re­cent weeks. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, one of the fron­trun­ners, is com­plet­ing her term as African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son in Ad­dis Ababa to­mor­row.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife that Zuma wants to in­clude Dlamini Zuma in his cabi­net.

She is backed by the ANCWL, the ANC Youth League and Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion.

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