Several ministers who came to office under Zuma's administration will be waiting with bated breath to see if their jobs are still secure once he's ousted.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at the top five whose positions in the current cabinet may soon be obsolete, if the ANC succeeds in recalling Zuma sooner rather than later.
1. Des van Rooyen
The minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – a portfolio created during the Zuma administration, Van Rooyen's entry into the public consciousness was fraught with controversy.
He replaced Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister, and lasted just four days in that particular office as he was swapped with Pravin Gordhan, who held the office Van Rooyen currently holds.
Zuma was requested by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to deal with him for lying to parliament about his involvement with the Gupta family, but it looks as though someone else will have to follow through on Mkhwebane’s request and Van Rooyen may be in for a tough time.
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2. Faith Muthambi
The Minister of Communications is one of the government officials exposed in the #GuptaLeaks as having links with the family.
She is also accused of being involved in the Multichoice and ANN7 controversy, which lead to the news network being booted out of the former’s DSTV platform.
Muthambi is currently under investigation following allegations of creating at least 40 jobs in her department which were filled by her family and friends among others.
3. Bathabile Dlamini
The Minister of Social Development has more than her fair share of controversies, mostly through her work – or lack thereof.
Dlamini’s department has performed atrociously, and was rescued from the brink of utter disaster last year.
Gross negligence lead to uncertainty over whether social grants would be paid out in April, but the minister has backed Zuma strongly, infamously proclaiming that the ruling party would not act against him as they also had “smallernyana skeletons”.
4. David Mahlobo
Reshuffled during what will hopefully be Zuma’s last cabinet shake-up, Mahlobo was made Minister of Energy in a move seemed designed to fast-track a nuclear deal with Russia.
His shady past included links with a known rhino poacher.
5. Malusi Gigaba
Zuma brought Gigaba into Treasury after one of his many controversial reshuffles which saw Gordhan booted out of Cabinet completely.
Gordhan blocked Zuma's requests, so he replaced him with a yes-man, which seems to be the theme amongst most of these ministers.
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