- The ANC’s alliance partners have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to rid cabinet of those ministers mentioned in the leaked Gupta emails
- Malusi Gigaba, Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane, Mosebenzi Zwane and Des van Rooyen are widely expected to face the axe
- During the 2018 SONA speech, Ramaphosa hinted that he would have a much smaller cabinet
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to make changes to the Cabinet which he inherited from Jacob Zuma. The ANC’s alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu have already made it clear that they believe Ramaphosa should fire the so-called Gupta ministers.
During his first State of the Nation Address on Friday, Ramaphosa hinted that he would be shrinking the Cabinet and be filling it with appropriately skilled people.
“It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources. We will, therefore, initiate a process to review the configuration, number and size of national government departments,” he said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is at the top of both Cosatu and the SACP’s unwanted list.
Other ministers thought to be in the firing line are:
• Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini,
• Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,
• Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and
• Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen
SACP first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila said Ramaphosa should not hesitate to fire those ministers who have been mentioned in the leaked Gupta emails.
“Those mentioned in the Gupta emails, which have proven the network of cooperation between senior government officials and state officials with corporate capturers of the state, it will be sad if they are returned. It is important that in this area there is clear decisiveness,” Mapaila said.
Ramaphosa is understood to be undecided about Gigaba’s immediate future. Some of his advisors want the budget speech to be delivered by a new finance minister while others feel the pace of change the country has seen in the last couple of days call for a more measured approach.
“Some of us believe that the new finance minister must deliver the budget because he will have to implement it. Others think that we have had a fast-paced few days and so Malusi (Gigaba) must be allowed to deliver the budget. In all fairness, it is not his budget. It was compiled by a team and part of that argument is that the new Cabinet will be a complete overhaul, so such a change should wait till after the budget,” said unnamed NEC member.
Cosatu has made it clear that while the hiring and firing of ministers is a presidential prerogative, it hopes to be included in the decision-making process. This was in reference to former president Jacob Zuma making late-night cabinet reshuffles which surprised the nation, the ANC and its alliance partners.
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