President Jacob Zuma fires critic from cabinet

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has sacked a vocal critic of his from the government, as he tightens his grip on power.

South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande – who has condemned widespread corruption in government and has backed former trade unionist and business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign – was removed as Higher Education Minister.

In another controversial change, Mr Zuma appointed the Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, as the Minister of Energy.

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