It is now clear that President Cyril Ramaphosa's authority is under threat in his own cabinet. It is indeed exceptional for a minister to claim that her own boss is lying. It is clear that the balance of power within the ANC is crucial. to all of this. At the moment there are strong indications that the National Executive Committee (NEC) supports Ramaphosa.
This development could show that Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu does not have a strong constituency that follows her wherever she goes. It can also show that the ANC in general has no choice but to support the constitution on the basis of its own freedom charter. However, those who support Sisulu can claim a win. It seems that over the last few weeks they have been able to ask the question: how will Ramaphosa act to uphold the Constitution and the judiciary?
This in and of itself can be seen as a great asset by driving the discussion and shaping the battlefields to your liking. Sisulu's statement on Thursday night claimed that Ramaphosa was not telling the truth in the president's statement that he had withdrawn his criticism of the judiciary is unprecedented in our politics.
He toned down his claims somewhat on Friday morning, hinting that it was the presidency's "media team" who were "naughty." Impeachment (blaming a speaker is an old trick in politics, but the main purpose of impeachment remains the same).
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