President Jacob Zuma has told Parliament that he is not aware of any state arms being at war with each other, and has not heard any calls from Cabinet Ministers that he should resign.
“I have not heard the ministers saying they have got no confidence in the president. I have heard voices of people raising their own views – and they have the right to express those views – and they have not explained, what are these issues,” Zuma said.
“I can’t spend my time addressing that. As a political activity that politicians get involved in, we are accustomed to that (being challenged).”
Zuma said that calls for him to resign were not the issue being addressed – the point of the session was to explain the so-called SOE oversight committee, which has a task to make sure public enterprises work.
“Whether someone has a view about you – or any other politician for that matter – it doesn’t matter; it doesn’t affect what government is doing,” Zuma said. “But politicians have a right to express a view about anyone.”
The president explained earlier in the session that it was not his recommendation that the committee be established, but rather that it came at the recommendation of the committee previously set up under the guidance of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, which said South Africa’s SOEs needed guidance under a wider committee.
Zuma also expressed full confidence in his friend, Dudu Myeni, and her ability to turn South African Airways around, saying that he has seen her working, just like any other chairperson.
The president did not address any of the concerns raised about Myeni’s leadership and controversies at SAA, simply saying that he supported her.