Published: Tue, April 04, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

South Africa's deputy president criticizes corruption

South Africa's deputy president criticizes corruption

His speech was broadcast on the local radio station EWN on Monday morning. "Because a moment of great renewal is upon us and we should not let it go by", said Ramaphosa.

The sacking of Mr Gordhan, seen as a safe pair of hands and with a reputation for financial prudence, led to a 5% fall in the rand and prompted strong criticism.

Previous no-confidence votes against Zuma have failed as his ANC party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid in the 1990s, dominates the parliament.

Speaker Baleka Mbete, who is also the national chairperson of the ruling ANC, said in a televised news conference after she cut short a trip overseas that she wanted to ensure the opposition requests were "given the appropriate consideration". The junk rating is expected to add to South Africa's economic problems.

South Africa's new finance minister Malusi Gigaba has criticised the economic management of the country in his first days since taking up the office, with the rand plummeting a further 1.5% to hit a two-month low on Monday.

Addressing the media on the ANC's discussion document on communications and the battle of ideas yesterday, Mthembu was reluctant to give his views on the reshuffle, which saw Pravin Gordhan fired as finance minister. Next week a coalition of groups will march to the government's headquarters, the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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"Comrade Kathy leaves us at a time when the ANC or the democratic government and indeed our society finds itself in a mini crisis", said Gordhan, without mentioning Zuma directly by name.

Gordhan has been replaced by former Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, with fears that the country could be downgraded to junk status by worldwide ratings agencies.

"Consultation within the movement and beyond was always to ensure that the ANC understood and was sensitive to the people it served; it was never and could have never been based on self-interest of the few against the interests of our country".

S&P kept a "negative" outlook on South Africa, meaning it is more likely to downgrade it again than upgrade it. At the weekend Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called for his countrymen to get rid of "greedy" and "corrupt" people.

An important signal will be whether the party calls for an early meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC).

South African President Jacob Zuma may face another impeachment as the country's parliament speaker says she would consider requests from opposition parties to hold a new no-confidence vote against the embattled leader.

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