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Cabinet reshuffle: Ramaphosa yet to consult ANC top six

There have been growing calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce a cabinet reshuffle, following the Gauteng and KZN riots

Cyril Ramaphosa ANC

Photo: Athi Geleba / Twitter / GCIS

As speculation grows of a looming cabinet reshuffle, the African National Congress (ANC) says its president Cyril Ramaphosa has not yet reached out to discuss changes to his national executive.

The ANC’s deputy Jessie Duarte along with the party’s electoral committee head Kgalema Motlanthe, held a virtual briefing on the candidate selection process for the local government election.

While the municipal polls are a major talking point, there’s also interest around whether or not Ramaphosa will make changes to his cabinet. As the party leader, he would be expected to consult the top leadership on his picks.

ANC also in the dark about a cabinet reshuffle

Speaking on Thursday, 5 July 2021, Jessie Duarte says for now, they haven’t been called in by President Cyril Ramaphosa to go over a possible cabinet reshuffle.

“I don’t know what’s in the head of the president of the republic, frankly speaking. We’ve not been called for the president to share his thoughts with us. If he calls us, then we’ll go but at this point in time, there’s nothing to share with you,” Duarte told journalists during a question-and-answer session.

The current make-up of cabinet is under immense scrutiny, mainly the security cluster, whose performance has been fiercely criticised, particularly in the wake of last month’s riots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize could also be in the firing line, having been placed on special leave by Ramaphosa. This follows allegations he unduly influenced the awarding of a R150 million tender to Digital Vibes, a company run by two of his associates.

Several media outlets are reporting that a cabinet reshuffle was discussed during the ANC national executive committee (NWC) on Monday. According to Business Day, Ramaphosa’s comments from that meeting indicate that no ministers are safe and just about  everyone faces the chop.

The president was reluctant to talk further about a reshuffle during a session with journalists in Ekhurhuleni last week.

“As I said, the process of people who are deployed to work with any leader even in a Cabinet situation, it’s a process that you evaluate. It’s best to leave it there and it’s a process one does, as one evaluates everything and everyone that you work with,” he said at the time.