Photo: GCIS / Flickr
Photo: GCIS / Flickr
Will he or will he not? President Cyril Ramaphosa has, for the most part, refused to be drawn into disclosing whether he will be firing some members of his cabinet.
There have been growing calls for Ramaphosa to do a complete overhaul of his national executive, while others are demanding the removals of certain ministers from their portfolios.
The president answered questions from journalists in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni on Thursday morning, 29 July 2021, where he was assessing the country’s vaccination programme, which has been gaining momentum over the past few weeks. More than seven million South Africans have been jabbed.
“Well, the issue of reconfiguring the cabinet is an ongoing consideration by any president. You look at how you deploy people who you are working with and how you place those people to execute various tasks. So it is an ongoing process of evaluation and all that so it is not something we would say is a process that is outlandish”President Cyril Ramaphosa
In the wake of the recent civil unrest, several ministers have been singled out, mainly Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The placement of Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave also prompts questions, including whether President Cyril Ramaphosa will replace his as health minister.
The president was careful as to not fuel any speculation or give anything away.
“People who are deployed to work with any leader, it’s a process that you evaluate. It’s best to leave it there,” Ramaphosa said.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been vocal in its call for Ramaphosa to change his cabinet.
“The president should also have announced competent replacements for police minister Bheki Cele and state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo, both of whom have completely failed South Africa. Confidence in South Africa is at an all-time low and only a wholesale cabinet clean-up is going to get people to believe in this country again,” DA leader John Steenhuisen said following Ramaphosa’s address to the nation.
Even Action SA has demanded that the president axe members of his cabinet, following the riots.
“As ActionSA, we are demanding the president fires the ministers of the security cluster and not recycle them because that has been the tendency. They have failed to locate the voices within their own organisation, African National Congress, that were circulated during our darkest times,” the party’s Dr Makhosi Khoza said.