ANC NEC Meets Amid Heavy Speculation Over Cabinet Reshuffle

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PRETORIA: The African National Congress (ANC) will hold a two-day meeting of its top body starting Sunday, the party had said in a statement. 

The meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) will be held amid growing speculation that newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa is planning cabinet changes and several provincial leadership disputes in the party.

The NEC is holding its first meeting since Jacob Zuma resigned as president on February 14 under pressure from the party. The party’s new spokesman and former Member of Parliament, Pule Mabe confirmed that the party will meeting in Pretoria on Sunday. 

Among Ramaphosa’s most pressing priorities are to select a deputy president, a position he occupied since May 2014, and reshuffle the cabinet – especially those who are linked to the state capture.

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ANC deputy president David Mabuza may be appointed to become the deputy president. Mabuza delivered his last state of the province address before being appointed to being the country’s deputy president, according sources. 

It was previously thought that Ramaphosa will appoint Human Settlement Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as the deputy president and allow Mabuza to concentrate on building unity in the ANC across the country.

“It’s a done deal,” a source was quoted in the Citizen on Tuesday.

During his SOPA address on Friday, Mabuza gave some indication that he might soon be leaving the province, telling guests that those taking over from him would inherit a strong government to take Mpumalanga forward.

“Where we have done well, fresh energy will be required to finish the race,” said Mabuza.

The Republic Mail has reliably been informed that the minister public enterprises, Lynne Brown will tender her resignation soon after the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found her to have inadvertently misled Parliament when she said a local consultancy firm linked to business friends of former President Zuma had no contracts with state power utility Eskom.  

“Minister Brown inadvertently misled Parliament in her assertion that there were no other contracts of engagement concluded between Eskom and Trillian,” said Mkhwebane in her report, adding that she breached a ministerial code of ethics.

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However, Brown has reiterated that she was not responsible for misleading Parliament after a damning finding by the public protector.

Brown pointed the finger at axed Eskom chief financial officer Anoj Singh for supplying her with incorrect information‚ which she passed on to Parliament.

Brown’s resignation present Ramaphosa with an opportunity to reshuffle his cabinet, with a focus on those linked to state capture. 

Last week, when the Republic Mail published an article where names of a new cabinet ministers were leaked to the paper, Ramaphosa’s spokesman did not confirmed nor denied any names at the time.

According Tyron Seale, “Changes to the National Executive will be announced if and when they are made.”