Speculation has swirled at recent times that President Cyril Ramaphosa could reshuffle his cabinet ministers at second from from now, as he attempts to consolidate his support base inside the African National Congress (ANC) and to possibly dispense with some of the ministers who have not been performing according to the prescribed standards set out.
The main reason which has called for the reshuffle is believed to be the manner in which the state machinery was exposed during the recent looting and social unrest which engulfed parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng - a situation which the President has since described as failed attempt at insurrection.
His characterisation has not been left unchallenged though, as his defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had to be called to order after she incredibly contradicted the president on public platform regarding the insurrection characterisation.
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According to inside sources within government, the reshuffle is believed to be one which is going to affect several ministers and there is in which some shocking decisions are believed to be on the cards.
Ramaphosa has not made any significant changes since he ascended to Union Buildings to finish former President Jacob Zuma's term in 2018, as only then Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba biten the dust of his own volition.
Other changes have only been to move ministers to take up positions on acting capacities following deaths or a suspension of an incumbent.
Below is a list of those who will be reportedly affected by the looming cabinet Reshuffle:
- Police minister Bheki Cele who has come under fire after police were caught napping during the unrest, add to that the frosty relationship between him the Police commissioner, is set to retain his cabinet position, Cele is a huge ally of Ramaphosa & was one of his supporters during his Presidential campaign at Nasrec in 2017.
- Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo who has been accused of failing to get the country's intelligence is set to face the sack, and could be replaced by arguably Ramaphosa's biggest ally from KZN, public service minister Senzo Mchunu, however, it is not clear if Dlodlo will be ousted entirely or redeployed.
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- The sources also indicate that veteran defence minister Mapisa-Nqakula, who has been in cabinet since the days of Nelson Mandela could be sacrificed for her apparent lack of respect in openly contradicting the president, the sources further indicate that there was talk of Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise being considered, but it seems unlikely as she seems comfortable in her position which even more powerful.
- Following the death of former Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu who succumbed to Covid-19 complications, the position is currently held by small business minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni on an acting basis, and rumours are that ANC MP and former Deputy finance minister Mondli Gungubele, a staunch ally of Ramaphosa could become the new Presidency minister.
- Lindiwe Sisulu who currently occupies the department of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements is believed to be on the firing line, she has been outspoken lately, and her seeming alignment with the RET Forces is said to be problematic, hence she is facing the sack altogether. Sisulu is said to have ambitions of becoming the president of the country, and like at Nasrec, she is believed to launch her own campaign again in 2022.
- Last but not least, Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, the former Reserve Bank governor was roped into the cabinet in late 2018 following former minster Nhlanhla Nene's abrupt resignation, and Mboweni indicated that he would not be government for long.
And in the wake of his constant battles with Cosatu and the SACP for his austerity budgets, there have been calls that he should be let go. Ramaphosa is said to be entertauning the possibility of having Reserve Bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago who himself is a former director General at treasury.
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His attempts seem to have been futile as Kganyago is said to be quite settled in his current job at SARB.
Ultimately, this has led to Ramaphosa to consider ANC head of economic development & planning, Enoch Godongwana to be Mboweni's the next possible successor if he were to be sacked.
PHOTO: Ewn - Godongwana
Another position which might be filled on a permanent basis is the minister of health, this after Dr Zwelini Mkhize has been on special leave following damning allegations against him pertaining to the controversial Digital Vibes. And reports emerged yesterday that the ANC's integrity commission has recommended that he should step aside.
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