Has Zuma been reduced to a puppet?

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President Jacob Zuma has been reduced to a puppet leader with the newly-elected ANC leadership calling the shots in government, say ANC sources.

Source: Has Zuma been reduced to a puppet?

President Jacob Zuma has been reduced to a puppet leader with the newly-elected ANC leadership calling the shots in government, say ANC sources.

According to several members of the newly-elected ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), the new top brass has already instructed Zuma to reshuffle his Cabinet as part of a raft of interventions designed to restore confidence in government. They said Ramaphosa, who met Zuma in KZN recently, had presented the embattled head-of-state with a list of items which Zuma is required to implement in order to restore confidence in government and defuse calls for him to be recalled.

“He had agreed to co-operate with the new ANC leadership by giving the party space to dictate how government matters should be handled going forward. Zuma has also been told that he needed to reshuffle his Cabinet,” said an NEC member who is close to Ramaphosa. “As the NEC we are glad that Zuma has demonstrated an appreciation that, given the damage done to the country’s reputation in recent years, it can’t be business as usual.

“There is an expectation out there for the new ANC leadership to step in as a matter of urgency and start repairing government’s image,” he said.