Opinion: Will Gigaba survive long enough to present the budget speech?

Opinion: Will Gigaba survive long enough to present the budget speech?

Editor's note: Speculation is rife as to who will stay and who will go when Ramaphosa appoints his new cabinet. Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, takes a look at who might be new in Parliament or if there will be some familiar faces.

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As Cyril Ramaphosa assumes his new position as President of South Africa people are asking questions about who he will appoint to his cabinet.

It is hard to believe that Ramaphosa would keep Malusi Gigaba in his current position and he might even remove him before he gets to present the budget speech.

If not then it is likely that shortly after Gigaba presents his budget speech Ramaphosa will appoint his own cabinet and bring in some new faces and perhaps even a few old ones.

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The chief economist at Pan African Investment and Research, Iraj Abedian, believes that Gigaba's close proximity to the Guptas and his alleged involvement in state capture make him a liability that Ramaphosa cannot afford.

It is likely that Ramaphosa will remove those people who were recently appointed by Zuma in his last two cabinet reshuffles and replace them with MPs he can trust.

Who might be shown the door?

These are the cabinet members likely to get the chop is Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane, the Energy Minister David Mahlobo, the Minister of Public Enterprises Lynn Brown, Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi, the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and the Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

There are a number of possible replacements for Gigaba, among these are Nhlanhla Nene, Pravin Gordhan, Lungisa Fuzile and Zweli Mkdize.

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An old familiar friend

However, a photo taken on Thursday morning has revealed a familiar face who would feel right at home as finance minister. Trevor Manuel was spotted jogging with Ramaphosa on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town.

Manuel is a veteran finance minister and served in that capacity for 13 years, from 1996 - 2009.

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