Another Sunday means another huge political story to dive into. While the world has become well aware of Russian meddling in other countries’ political affairs, the latest report reveals that Zuma and the Russians might be even closer than first thought.
The Sunday Times reports that on Monday, President Zuma met with a “high-level Russian team” acting on President Putin’s orders, just before he told the ANC top six about his decision to carry out another cabinet reshuffle.
Insiders from SA government told the paper that “the group came to warn Zuma’s administration to implement the R1-trillion new nuclear build project.” The instructions from Putin were clear: Speed up and conclude the controversial nuclear deal.
After the meeting, Zuma announced the removal of Nkhensani Kubayi from the energy portfolio to the communications ministry. Take note of who she was replaced by: David Mahlobo who was trained in Russia before he took up the position of intelligence minister in 2014.
“Their visit was to deliver what many of us believe to be the final warning to the South African authorities. This group does not normally leave Russia. These are members of the military, the police, and the intelligence,” a source told the newspaper.
“Mahlobo was chosen by the Russians.”
The report claims Zuma wanted Faith Muthambi for the position but the Russians convinced him otherwise.
The other most noteworthy change was the removal of SACP head and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande. He was replaced by former minister of home affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize.
In the short time Mahlobo has been in the energy post, he has already practically confirmed that government will continue to push forward with the Nuclear deal with Russia.
“South Africa recognises the role of nuclear power in ensuring security of energy supply and meeting the challenge of climate change,” he said.
“South Africa has made a policy decision to pursue nuclear energy as part of the energy mix.”
By: The South African