- President Cyril Ramaphosa has shocked the nation with his decision to retain Dlamini as Minister of Women.
- The president announced last night that he would appeal the DA’s application as a “matter of principle”
- The failure to axe the disgraced minister has enraged most of the nation who was anticipating her removal at the reshuffle of Cabinet yesterday
Cyril Ramaphosa has disappointed the nation after failing to remove the disgraced Bathabile Dlamini as Minister of Women.
It seems that the president has caved to pressure from ex-president Jacob Zuma and the ANC Women's League to keep her in her position.
Ralph Mathekga, Political analyst, said there was no real reason for Ramaphosa to retain Dlamini, except because he was “worried because the balance of forces were still heavily against him in the ANC”.
The president had until Thursday to make a decision regarding the Democratic Alliance’s high court application to remove her from Cabinet and, instead of firing her at the reshuffle, chose to appeal the application. This came as a shock to many people in the country.
This move was a matter of principle according to the president, who said that he would not allow opposition parties to dictate to him who should be in his Cabinet.
The move to protect his presidential prerogative instead of removing her for being negligent and reckless did not sit well.
The Constitutional Court finding that Dlamini was reckless and grossly negligent in the way she handled the social grants payment debacle while Minister of Social Development is just one of the many ways Dlamini has failed as a leader.
The court ordered Dlamini to personally pay back 20% of the legal fees incurred by the Black Sash and Freedom Under Law organisations for the cases they brought against her.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that in a critical move against Dlamini, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been instructed by the court look into possible charges of perjury against the minister for lying under oath.
Leaders from UDM as well as the DA had been calling for the minister to be fired and felt that she had been protected for too long by the African National Congress. Bridgette Masango of the Democratic Alliance said that the courts finding made it obvious that Dlamini did not deserve to lead any government department or institution.
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