In a statement by the Presidency on Tuesday, President Zuma anounced that:President Jacob Zuma has announced changes to the National Executive.
– Hlengiwe Mkhize has been appointed as the Minister of Higher Education and Training
– Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs
– Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications
– David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy
– Bongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security
– Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training
He said he had made the changes after careful consideration.
“I thank the former members of the National Executive for good service in their previous portfolios. I wish the members who are assuming new portfolios all the best in their new responsibilities,” said the President. – SAnews.gov.za
Responding to cabinet reshuffle:
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement his party was not surprised by President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle, saying the latest move was Zuma’s war against anyone who opposed his State Capture project.
“The obvious target was SACP leader, Dr. Blade Nzimande, who follows Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom, Mcebisi Jonas and others who have failed to toe the Zuma line and have found themselves out of office,” said Maimane.
Mmusi said it appears Zuma was firing his critics, and offering promotions to others in exchange for support ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December this year.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said the move by President Zuma was to purge those who were opposed to his corrupt activities.
Economic Freedom Figheters president Julius Malema said his party reject the reshuffle as long as it does not include Zuma.
“We are calling on Nzimande to join the EFF to enable him to fight corruption outside the ANC. Nothing has changed since he joined the South African Communist Party. The only thing that has changed is his big bellies and driving expensive cars,” added Malema