The Congress of the People has slammed “embarrassing ministers”, saying that the country would do better without them.
The party specifically focused on Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe. Deputy minister Kebby recently lost a defamation case this week brought against him by a former uMkhonto we Sizwe veteran.
Maphatsoe also recently reached a settlement with former minister Ronnie Kasrils for statements he made against Kasrils. The deputy minister will now have to pay Kasrils R500 000 in damages for Maphatsoe’s statement, which accused Kasrils of being involved in a conspiracy against President Jacob Zuma with regards to the rape case brought against the ANC leader.
Maphatsoe is also the same man who accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA agent.
“Our country and the department can do better without Maphatsoe, he is nothing but an embarrassment to the country,” Cope’s spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement.
He added that Cope is waiting for the deputy minister’s apology to the public protector.
“This man misled this country and its people for a long time and we now say it is enough. His utterances will enormously damage South Africa’s image abroad,” Bloem said.
“He has acutely embarrassed President Zuma and there is no doubt about that. President Zuma will keep him on as Deputy Minister at his own peril,” he said.