- The minister of police said he would not entertain rumours
- According to reports, three other Cabinet ministers were in the firing line
- President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson denies reports of a Cabinet reshuffle
By Lungani Zungu- Freelance journalist
Police Minister Bheki Cele is unfazed amid reports of a looming Cabinet reshuffle that aims to drop an axe on him and other Cabinet ministers.
Asked about the speculated Cabinet reshuffle, Cele told Briefly.co.za that:
“I don’t know anything about that. And I don't want to talk about it. I’m focusing on my job,” he said before hanging up, evidently irritated.
Cele, who threw his weight behind Ramaphosa ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in 2017, is not alone in the firing line, according to Sunday Independent.
The paper reported that Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Co-operative Governance Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were also targeted.
The rift, according to reports, was partly sparked by a stance these ministers took during the debates of the lockdown regulations in the national coronavirus command council and in Cabinet.
It is known that they were against the sale of alcohol and cigarettes. It’s said that Sisulu’s crime is “secretly” lobbying party members ahead of the party’s elective conference expected in 2022. She has repeatedly vehemently denied this claim.
Unrelenting, Cele has continued to call for the complete ban of alcohol during the national lockdown.
Ramaphosa has played his cards very close to his chest and has not given any hint of a Cabinet reshuffle.
The powers to appoint and remove ministers lies with the president, according to the Constitution of the country.
A Cabinet minister who spoke to Briefly.co.za on condition of anonymity said there were whisperings of a possible Cabinet reshuffle.
“But it would be naïve of me to say who are the targets because I don’t know. It could be me,” said the minister, whimsically.
Khusela Diko, spokesperson in the presidency, told Briefly.co.za that there was no truth in the reports of a looming reshuffle.
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