Cabinet reduction could see 9 less departments and 15 less ministers

Cabinet reduction could see 9 less departments and 15 less ministers

- There is speculation that Cyril Ramaphosa will reduce the size of his Cabinet

- This could see him eliminating as many as 9 ministries

- Additionally, Senzo Mchnu and Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy have been suggested as potential Cabinet appointments

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Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to substantially reduce the size of Cabinet in the coming weeks.

According to insiders, he may get rid of up to nine departments and ministries.

Additionally, there is significant pressure on the president to cut several executive officials who have been linked to corruption.

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The presidency has not yet confirmed any changes to Cabinet, but sources inside the ANC have suggested that some major reductions are on the cards. 

Our Cabinet - which is currently compromised of 34 ministers and 35 deputies - has widely been criticised for being bloated, with many calls for certain departments to be merged in an effort to cut costs and 'red tape'.

Additionally, the reduction and merging of departments would likely give Ramaphosa more control over key government sectors, such as finance and energy, according to News24.

Consequently, several names have been touted as potential Cabinet picks. Among these are Senzo Mchunu as State Security Minister, Ronald Lamola as Minister of Justice and Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy as Finance Cinister.

In addition, it has been speculated that the president could cut down the number of ministries from 34 to 25, has gathered.

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However, while Cabinet appointments fall within the president's purview, it is unlikely that Ramaphosa will act unilaterally. His predecessors consulted with senior ANC officials before making appointments, as well as party allies like the SACP and Cosatu.

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