Zuma throws everything overboard with new cabinet

Die Vryburger

Pravin Gordhan - Image - REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

It is an act that borders on total government takeover, Jacob Zuma who got rid of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister and replaced him with Malusi Gigaba. This means that Zuma has now taken full control of the treasury department of the country, as his intention had been for some time.

One of the few remaining white faces in the cabinet, Derek Hanekom, was also fired for his motion of no confidence in Zuma in the recent past, while Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is now minister of police. It is certain that he will now transform the SAP and only promote quota members.

Tina Joemat-Petterson, who unsuccessfully managed several portfolios, also was fired, even though she is a loyal communist and a loyalist of President Jacob Zuma.

Mcebisi Jonas together with Gordhan was also fired. Gigaba’s appointment raises questions because he has no experience in finance, but his blind loyalty to Zuma is certainly in his favor. The possibility of a Gupta Bank in South Africa is now a big reality.

It is astonishing that the controversial Bathabile Dlamini held onto her job, despite the fact that the Constitutional Court raised the question of her competence during the SASSA debacle.

Equally surprising is that the former minister of communication, who managed the SABC into the ground, Faith MUTHAMBI also retained her position. A Portfolio Committee recommended that Zuma should consider replacing her because of her disability.

Freedom Front Plus said in response to Zuma’s appointment of Malusi Gigaba as new finance minister that it is part of the continued expansion of state capture by the Guptas while strengthening President. Zuma faction within the ANC.

Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader said, this shows that Zuma is willing to sacrifice South Africa in the interests of himself and his friends. “South Africa is now on the slippery slope of just another corrupt African state like Zimbabwe.”

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