SACP's Mapaila fires new legal salvo against Zuma

File: SACP Deputy Secretary General Solly Mapaila says President Jacob Zuma lied to his alliance partner when he fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Photo: Gallo / Deon Raath

JOHANNESBURG - SACP Deputy Secretary General Solly Mapaila said President Jacob Zuma lied to his alliance partner when he fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as part of his controversial cabinet reshuffle at the end of March.

Mapaila said he’s filed an affidavit detailing his version of what happened.

The SACP leader was speaking during a panel discussion at Liliesleaf Farm, where The Legacy Project is honouring former president Nelson Mandela with a series of debates.

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Mapaila said he’s taking legal action against President Jacob Zuma.

“You can't be in the revolutionary movement and not be honest. I have noticed many lies being told by the President," said Mapaila.

Mapaila repeated his belief that Zuma should be removed from office.

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Speaking at the same event, ANC MP Makhosi Khoza said her colleagues should consider the country’s best interests during next month’s motion of no confidence against Zuma.

Khoza said she and her family have received death threats after she expressed support for the no-confidence motion to be decided via a secret ballot.

The panelists said corruption is a threat to South Africa's democracy.

And while state-owned enterprises have come under the spotlight for alleged corrupt activities, the private sector has also been found wanting.

The speakers said the ANC has been lethargic in its response to corruption within the party, which has created a culture in which members speak in defence of corruption instead of condemning it.

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