Lekota said Ramaphosa’s cabinet is filled with compromised ministers.
The Congress of The People (COPE) has launched a scathing attack on President Cyril Rmaphosa, slamming his cabinet.
“But President Ramaphosa is clearly weak and not capable of cleansing the executive of this country with politically clean and economically capable men and women of this nation’, said COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota.
The remarks come as Ramaphosa recently accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as Minister of Finance and appointed former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni as his replacement.
Nene’s testimony at the judicial commission of inquiry had received backlash after he admitted to having met with the Gupta family in their Saxonwold compound on several occasions, this is contrary to what he had told eNCA in a 2015 interview.
He subsequently wrote to Ramaphosa over the weekend, asking him to relieve him of his duties. Nene’s resignation prompted calls from South Africans and other political parties, for other controversial ministers, including Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane, to be given the boot.
According to Lekota, the country finds itself in an economical, constitutional, social and governmental crisis, and points the finger at the African National Congress (ANC)
“Capture of the State was preceded by the capture and corruption of the ANC as an organisation in the first instance. The eventual removal of Zuma from the Presidency has not alleviated the morass that we find ourselves in”, Lekota said.
Lekota further said they intend on lobbying other parties to hold a motion of no confidence against Ramaphosa.