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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga enjoyed false comfort when MECs closed ranks behind her. This comes after the ANC Youth League and Cosas correctly added their voices that Motshekga should quit.
It is now clear that her boss, President Jacob Zuma, will not act decisively as he did in the case of the leadership of the ANCYL, former police commissioner Bheki Cele and former president Thabo Mbeki.
These MECs are saying “thumbs up to mediocre leadership”. Zuma must know “people have spoken”, despite his attempts to shield his loyalists because he needs her in his campaign for Mangaung. President Zuma was hailed as a listening president, but I do not think he can hear that the people want Motshekga gone.
This should not surprise us; he defied Cosatu by succumbing to business pressure not to ban labour brokers earlier this year.
He and Nathi Mthethwa resolutely protected Richard Mdluli.
Despite evidence of failing to manage finances in local municipalities, Zuma has not cracked the whip.
During recession, ministers bought expensive cars. Publicly Zuma said he would stop cabinet ministers from buying cars.
They defied him, arguing that it was within the ministerial handbook.
He has defied views of the people on the e-tolling of roads in Gauteng.
The stubborness and commitment of the president to his backers is as dangerous as Winnie Mandela’s support to Julius Malema. Zuma is saving Motshekga at his own peril.