The reports that President Jacob Zuma intends to remove Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande from his Cabinet and replace him with his ex-wife, made him react on his twitter in a rage.
Sharing his perspective on the matter, the ANC NEC member slammed President Zuma for acting as if the African National Congress (ANC) belongs to him.
In a tweet that garnered over 700 likes and 631 retweets, Hanekom responded to the Cabinet rumor by writing: “In a few months from now, the reshuffler will be reshuffled. And the country will soon breathe a huge sigh of relief.”
Ah well, in a few months from now the reshuffler himself will be reshuffled. And the country will breathe a huge sigh of relief! https://t.co/T6KCgjFExZ
— Derek Hanekom (@Derek_Hanekom) September 11, 2017
The former minister is one of the very few ANC members who are apparently not scared of losing their jobs. The others are former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC MP Makhosi Khoza. These anti-Zuma rebels have been vocal against President’s Zuma corruption-plagued government. They are also the ones that publicly admitted voted with the opposition during August 8 motion of no confidence in President Zuma.
Khoza’s vote against Zuma did not only cost her her position as Chair of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Services and Administration, she was also summoned to a disciplinary hearing by her home province of KwaZulu-Natal. For now, the ruling party has not instituted a disciplinary action Mondli Gungubele, who recently criticized the president. However, Gungubele believes he can still be sanctioned any time in future.
Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who publicly admitted that he voted with his conscience is being ill-treated within some ANC structures. President Zuma’s sons, Edward and Duduzane recently accused him of being a sell-out and destroying the ruling party. Although the ANC said those who voted against Zuma on August 8 will not be disciplined.
Gwede Mantashe sent a letter to Hanekom, asking him to state why he should not be removed as the chair of ANC National Disciplinary Commission following his “Twitter commentary” urging that Zuma be voted out. The former minister was the first NEC member to table a motion of no confidence against Zuma within the party structures but the motion failed after a majority of ANC members supported Zuma.
Derek Hanekom was South Africa’s Minister of Tourism from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017. He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from October 2012 – 2014.
He also served as the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology under the then-Presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki.