ANC says cabinet reshuffle and vacant deputy presidency are not pressing issues

ANC says cabinet reshuffle and vacant deputy presidency are not pressing issues

- The ruling party says a mooted cabinet reshuffle and the vacant deputy president position are not causes for angst in the party.

- Ace Magashule said these items were not on the agenda for the ANC’s top 6 leaders Monday meeting

- President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his replies to the SONA debate that he would announce his cabinet after the correct consultative processes had been completed

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The African National Congress (ANC) says there is no internal anxiety about a possible cabinet reshuffle or filling the vacant deputy president position.

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule said neither the vacant deputy president position, nor cabinet reshuffle was on the agenda for the ANC’s top six leaders meeting scheduled for Monday.

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“Tomorrow we have a normal officials' meeting, so if this matter arises we'll discuss it there. We are going to move with speed to ensure that the issue of cabinet, there's not anxiety about it. If it comes it will be part of our discussions and we'll move forward with that,” he said. gathered that speculation has grown about who President Ramaphosa will choose to serve as the deputy president of the country. Lindiwe Sisulu’s name seems to crop up in most circles while some have speculated that Ramaphosa will appoint his former rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the role.

Most experts believe Dlamini-Zuma is an unlikely choice but expect her to form part of Ramaphosa’s new cabinet.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the South African public and the media had to give the ANC time and space to reflect on this important issue.

This seems to reflect Ramaphosa’s sentiment in Parliament when he urged opposition parties to remain patient when it came to calls for him to reshuffle the cabinet. Ramaphosa said he would announce his cabinet after the relevant consultative processes had been completed.

Political experts believe the ANC is deflecting the issue so as to make it a matter for the government and not of the party.

Political analyst Khaya Sithole said: “So, of course, they would have discussed it but it cannot be part of an ANC press conference because it’s not a party question, it’s a government issue. So you'd expect that it'll come from the Union Buildings rather than Luthuli House.

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