- President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his much-hyped cabinet reshuffle late on Monday night
- Ramaphosa was expected to fire ministers loyal to Jacob Zuma and who were tainted by the Gupta family
- Surprisingly Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane survived the chop although they have been moved to other portfolios
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his much-hyped cabinet reshuffle late on Monday night. Ramaphosa was expected to purge his cabinet of those ministers who are thought to be Zuma loyalists and who have been tainted by the Gupta family.
Ramaphosa did fire 10 ministers, including Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and brought in the steady hands of Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan.
Surprisingly Ramaphosa decided to keep Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane in his cabinet, although all three have been moved to different portfolios.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dlamini and Gigaba, in particular, were widely expected to be shown the door.
Bathabile Dlamini has always been a fierce Zuma loyalist and under her leadership at the Department of Social Developments the ANC’s key achievement of social grants was nearly undone.
Dlamini seemed hell-bent on ensuring the entire system failed and for a month in 2017 those desperate South Africans who rely on government grants as their only form of income were unsure about whether they would receive their grants.
Dlamini has been moved to the Presidency where she will serve as the minister for women, her new position will enable Ramaphosa to keep a close eye on her.
Malusi Gigaba is perhaps the most tainted by the Gupta family and has been accused of being at the centre of the state capture scandal. It came as no surprise when Gigaba was axed as finance minister.
The surprise is that he has been sent back to his previous job as Minister of Home Affairs.
Mokonyane has been moved from her role as Water and Sanitation Minister, she has been blamed for the near collapse of this critical department and will now serve as the Minister of Communications.
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