Ramaphosa’s new cabinet

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Ramaphosa’s new cabinet
Ramaphosa's new cabinet. Photo: Die Vryburger

The new ANC head of state, Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed several new ministers and let some of Zuma’s allies go.

Nhlanhla Nene becomes new finance minister, Pravin Gordhan replaces Lynne Brown, Gwede Mantashe replaces Mosebenzi Zwane and Jeff Radebe moves to energy to replace David Mahlobo.

Des van Rooyen gets let go and is replaced by Zweli Mkhize.

The Communist Party had to be placated and Blade Nzimande returned as minister of transport. Bheki Cele, who was suspended as a commissioner of police in October 2011 for alleged fraud, has returned as minister of police and Zuma’s ex becomes the minister of planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Bongani Bogo is replaced with Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba while Gugile Nkwinti takes over as water minister.

Many of the moves show that Ramaphosa wants to appease certain factions in government.

Dhlamini, who has made a mess of social allowances, is retained to patronize the ANC Women’s League. David Mabuza becomes deputy president despite numerous allegations of corruption against him.

FF Plus’s leader, Dr. Pieter Groenewald believes the cabinet shuffle contains good and bad elements, but overall it is a clear indication that Ramaphosa is captured by the ANC and can not really print his own stamp on government as everyone thinks he does.

“Although the president has given the undertaking tonight that the government will be reduced in the foreseeable future, he now had the ideal opportunity to do that, and it is a pity he did not have the courage or permission of the ANC to actually act. ”

It is clear that the new leader of the ANC and government still puts the ANC’s interests above that of South Africa, says Dr. Groenewald.

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