JOHANNESBURG-- South African Communist Party General Secretary and former Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has warned that a reconfiguration of the manner in which the Tripartite Alliance works is needed if the alliance is to hold.

Speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) here Monday following last week's two-day meeting among top leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the SACP, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO), Nzimande said the ANC must do more to restore confidence among its partners.

Nzimande's axing from the Cabinet by President Jacob Zuma had raised tensions within the ANC and its alliance partners.

The SACP declared the move an act of war. The party has been vocal in its call for President Jacob Zuma to step down, citing his ties with the controversial Gupta family as the reason why he is no longer fit to run the country.

Nzimande believes this was why he was sacked. "These are not actions of a confident person but rather a very desperate person, for the reason that history will hopefully, will reveal sooner rather than later."

Despite the alliance's political summit last week, relations among the partners are at their lowest and Nzimande said the ball is in the ANCs court to restore confidence.

"These things of the ANC to just run on its own as if it was contesting elections of a president for example who axe, reshuffles Cabinet, make some decisions as if he was elected like Barak Obama in the United States as an individual. It's collective effort to contest elections that must reflect in a manner in which we operate."

Nzimande had been lauded for his achievements during his tenure at the Department of Higher Education.


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