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Nzimande: we made a mistake replacing Mbeki with Zuma

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The SACP admits its mistake from 10 years ago.

South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande has admitted the party made a mistake ten years ago.

Blade Nzimande addressed Cosatu’s Gauteng provincial Shop Stewards Council. He made a speech in which he said replacing former President Thabo Mbeki with President Jacob Zuma was a mistake.

The SACP and Cosatu both led a campaign in 2007 for Zuma to become state president and African National Congress (ANC) president.

Mbeki was recalled as president in 2008 and replaced with Zuma. The SACP believed doing this would solve the problems they saw in Mbeki’s presidency.

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Former President Thabo Mbeki (left) and President Jacob Zuma (right). (Twitter)

After helping Zuma come to power, the SACP now regrets leading the anti-Mbeki campaign.

Nzimande said replacing Mbeki with Zuma has not solved any problems.

“We are back where we were 10 years ago. Maybe we might have made mistakes in the process.”

“And one of the things we’re saying is this one which I’ll repeat. We dealt with the symptoms and never dealt the fundamental problems. You think you remove an individual and all the problems are solved.”

Blade Nzimande. Picture: (File Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun/ Lucky Morajane)
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. (Gallo Images)

It’s ironic how the SACP criticised Mbeki as a president but then praised him just two months ago.

Nzimande actually described Mbeki as one the greatest intellectuals the ANC has ever produced. He even praised him for his stamina.

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Seems as if history really does repeat itself. The SACP called for Thabo Mbeki to resign and led an anti-Mbeki campaign in 2007.

Now, ten years later, the party is against the current president and calling for Jacob Zuma to resign. But they will not launch an anti-Zuma campaign.

(Featured Image: Twitter)

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