The bombshell released by an ANC national Executive member Bheki Cele about plans to fire the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of higher Education  and training Blade Nzimande speaks much not only about the deepened crisis within the governing party but also of the state of democracy in South Africa.

Cele announced at the Shop Stewards’ Council in Durban that the Deputy President and Presidential hopeful’s job is on the line as part of ways to disrupt the forthcoming National Conference in December.

He added that the plot to fire Cyril Ramaphosa was to destabilise the country and cause enough chaos for the December elective conference not to go ahead.

“We’re hearing rumours that there are plans to remove Ramaphosa, to cause chaos & then stop the conference in December,” he said, without giving details on who may have sent the message or more details on the alleged plot.

Cele’s comment about seeing a message which outlines plans to remove Cyril Ramaphosa but did not mention who could possibly replace him came amid mounting speculation that another Cabinet shake up is imminent after it was announced that presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is heading back to Parliament.

Obviously, Dlamini-Zuma’s task, if she does take over from Zuma, would be to protect him from facing corruption charges.

Not only Cyril Ramaphosa’s job is on the line following the rumoured cabinet reshuffle, Blade Nzimande is also likely to be axed because of his volatile relationship with President Jacob Zuma and replaced by ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in that portfolio.