Cabinet Reshuffle A Missed Opportunity For Renewal – DA

President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce cabinet reshuffle. PICTURE: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG: The DA says President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to use Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle to renew his government.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Solly Malatsi spoke to a Johannesburg-based radio station reacting to the Cabinet reshuffle.

Ramaphosa announced that Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will head the merged ministries of communication as well as that of telecommunication and postal services. Dr Siyabonga Cwele will replace Malusi Gigaba as the Home Affairs minister, while Nomvula Mokonyane will replace the late Edna Molewa as the Environmental Affairs minister.

Malatsi says Ramaphosa did not show decisive leadership. The party has slammed Ramaphosa’s decision not to axe minister in the presidency for women Bathabile Dlamini and former communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

The DA has been very vocal about the ministerial appointments of Gigaba and Dlamini, taking the matter to the courts to have their appointments set aside.

“The fact that people like Bathabile Dlamini still remain in government, Nomvula Mokonyane despite her track record of mismanagement with every portfolio that she has been in.

“[She] is still finding space in Cabinet, shows that when the going gets tough the president reacts easily by shifting people into other portfolios, rather than take them out of Cabinet,” says Malatsi.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have welcomed the merger of the communications and telecommunications and postal services. In a statement, the party says they reject the “recycling” of Cwele and Mokonyane.

“We reject the recycling of disreputable characters like Nomvula Mokonyane. There is no value that she can add, expect to constantly show incompetence total disregard to public resources and the rule of law,” the EFF said statement.