President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: GCIS

Cabinet meeting held to discuss energy crisis

Ramaphosa has also called a special President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) meeting consisting of ministers, premiers, executive mayors.


President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa had an urgent cabinet meeting on Monday evening as the country awaits his announcement of the much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle.

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Acting Cabinet spokesperson, Michael Currin said while he has not seen the specific agenda for the meeting, the ongoing energy crisis will be part of the discussion. 

The meeting comes days after former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter made allegations against a high-level politician in the ANC, in a TV interview with broadcaster, eNCA.

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De Ruyter, among other things, made shocking allegations against a high-level politician saying that the governing ANC is benefitting from the corruption at Eskom.    

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The meeting also comes as the President is expected to announce the change in his cabinet. Last week, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula told the media that the reshuffle will be announced before the end of February.  

The reshuffle could see a host of senior ministers leaving the executive. This after failing to secure a seat on the ANC’s 80-member NEC during the December national conference. 

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“In government, we had the State of the Nation Address then the budget, and then from there all of these issues we’ve got to have answers and they’ll be closed.”

He also said that these things should be wrapped up within February.

“The President is applying his mind on a whole lot of issues, and within the month of February all of these issues should be finalised,” added Mbalula.


The members include Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, International Relations, and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor, and Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa.  

Mbalula will also have to be replaced as Transport minister, as he is based at Luthuli House to focus on his role as ANC secretary-general. 

Paul Mashatile, who is expected to take over from David Mabuza as the country’s deputy president, has already been sworn in as an MP.