- Fikile Mbalula says Cyril Ramaphosa plans to reduce the size of Cabinet
- He also claims that Ramaphosa has the backing of "100%" of the ANC
- This comes despite speculation that a faction within the party is opposed to the president
According to Fikile Mbalula, Cyril Ramaphosa has the ANC's support in reducing the size of Cabinet.
On Thursday, Mbalula said that Cabinet would be reduced to less than 30 people.
Currently, there are 34 ministers and 35 deputy-ministers.
Mbalula made the comments at the IEC results centre, where the vote counts pouring in showed the ANC set to retain its majority and remain in government for the next five years.
Mbalula, who is the ANC's head of elections, said he was pleased with the party's election performance, especially since the party had taken a major knock to its popularity during the Zuma years.
He also said that the ANC supported Ramaphosa completely, according to Fin24. This comes despite concerns that factionalism remains a problem within the ANC and that certain party figures want the president removed.
Ramaphosa clinched the party leadership in 2017 by a narrow margin. Additionally, the faction believed to be loyal to Jacob Zuma and Ace Magashule retains several powerful positions within the party, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Indeed, Mbalula qualified his statement by saying that he could not account for the "dark forces" inside the ANC.
This suggests that while the elections may be over, the real work for Cyril Ramaphosa may be only just beginning.
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