President Jacob Zuma has announced nine changes to his executive in the fourth Cabinet reshuffle in his four year tenure.
Most notable in the reshuffle was the axing of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, who stood against Zuma as ANC president at the party’s conference in Mangaung last year. He is replaced by ANC MP Connie September. Sexwale’s axing has been long expected.
Controversial Communications Minister Dina Pule was also axed, to be replaced by Yunus Carrim, previously deputy minister for cooperative governance. Pule has been implicated in entrusting government decisions to a close friend who was not a staff member in her department.
Cooperative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi was replaced by Lechesa Tsenoli, former deputy minister for rural development. Ben Martins moved from the transport portfolio to energy, which Dipuo Peters formerly occupied. She moved to transport.
Andries Nel, formerly deputy justice minister was appointed as deputy to Tsenoli. ANC MP Pam Tshwete was appointed deputy minister of rural development while Michael Masutha, also an ANC MP, was appointed in the vacant position of deputy science minister.
Zuma thanked the outgoing ministers for their contribution and said the new ministers and deputies would be sworn in tomorrow. – City Press
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