“We shouldn’t have backed Zuma” – Solly Mapaila

The deputy general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) has apologised for supporting President Jacob Zuma

Mapaila, who was one of the speakers in Rivonia at a conversation on corruption, said the SACP should not have supported Zuma in Polokwane. His comments come amid the party’s plans to break away from the tripartite alliance.

He said Zuma’s character was already questionable when they backed him and confessed that the party had made a mistake.

Mapaila, whose life has been threatened due to speaking out over issues pertaining to Zuma’s leadership, also accused the president of playing the victim card.

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He further accused Zuma of lying about the sacking of Pravin Gordhan, stating that he’d be taking legal action against the president.

“When he removed Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, he used the intelligence report and he had briefed us,” Mapaila was quoted as saying in an EWN article“I couldn’t understand how he could lie to us or how he could tell us the truth and lie to the public. So I took that step which I felt was important, that we must bring him to the commitment of our movement.”

Mapaila joins several political leaders who have been critical of Zuma’s leadership and his role in state capture.

Extra source: EWN