PRETORIA: President Cyril Ramaphosa has conducted his first Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, after taking over Jacob Zuma as president of the country.
The Presidency said Ramaphosa would make the announcement in a statement to the media at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria.
On February 15, Ramaphosa was elected and sworn in as South Africa’s new president by the National Assembly, a day after the deeply unpopular Jacob Zuma was forced to resign by the ruling party.
Ramaphosa, 65, was the sole candidate put forward by the National Assembly and takes up the top post almost two decades after he was favoured by Nelson Mandela as his successor, only to be pushed aside by the party in favour of Thabo Mbeki.
It appears that minister of police Fikile Mbalula have been recalled, at least according to his twitter announcement. The former sports and recreation minister tweeted that “President Ramaphosa, Is going to ANNOUNCE cabinet changes in a few hours . I HAVE PACKED ALREADY LETS MOVE ON ……”
President Ramaphosa, Is going to ANNOUNCE cabinet changes in a few hours . I HAVE PACKED ALREADY LETS MOVE ON ……
— ANC Elections Chair (@MbalulaFikile) February 26, 2018
Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene is one of a number of ANC politicians expected to be sworn in as Members of Parliament on Tuesday, following an announcement by Ramaphosa on Monday night. However, according to EFF leader, Julius Malema, if Ramaphosa is serious about fighting corruption why is he keeping minister of finance, Malusi Gigaba. The firebrand tweeted that “How do you keep Gigaba of all the people and talk about fight against state capture?”
How do you keep Gigaba of all the people and talk about fight against state capture?
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) February 26, 2018
Meanwhile, ANC deputy presidentDavid Mabuza is on the list of people to be sworn in on Tuesday. He has been touted for the position of deputy president of the country.
According to News24, Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale confirmed that Ramaphosa has delayed the announcement of his Cabinet reshuffle by about an hour.