FS ANC supports Minister Zwane

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Photo: (left to right) Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, ANC Provincial Secretary William Bulwane, Deputy provincial chair Thabo Manyoni and Provincial chair and Free State Premier Ace Magashule during a media briefing today (Tuesday)/Photo: REFILWE GAESWE

The ANC leadership in the Free State reconfirmed their support for Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane who was in Bloemfontein to attend the party’s three day leadership summit.

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Zwane, provincial treasury of the ANC in the province and former Agriculture MEC made media headlines when he issued a false statement saying cabinet had resolved to set up a judicial inquiry into banks that had closed the Gupta family’s accounts. The party afterwards described his actions as “appalling” and “outrageous”. He was also lambasted for prematurely calling off a rescue operation for zama-zamas at the Langlaagte mine shaft.

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All this sparked speculation that President Jacob Zuma might be planning a cabinet reshuffling soon as replacing Zwane would be seen as a good enough reason for this step.

ANC Provincial Secretary William Bulwane said the party’s provincial leadership is fully behind Zwane and supports him as minister.

CATHY DLODLO