Ramaphosa Level 2 lockdown address

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Cabinet reshuffle now IMMINENT – but when do we get an announcement?

We’ve waited long enough for a Cabinet reshuffle now – and developments on Thursday suggest that President Ramaphosa is finally ready to wield the axe.

Ramaphosa Level 2 lockdown address

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has kept us on the edge of our seats this week, after teasing that a Cabinet reshuffle was on the cards. Well, on Thursday afternoon, the first signs of a new hand started to emerge…

Who is likely to be hired… or fired?

It’s understood that the 68-year-old head of state has already told his inner circle who is set for the chop. This comes after he held crunch talks with senior members of the tripartite alliance on Thursday, briefing the ANC, Cosatu, and the SACP about changes that are set to shake things up dramatically for South Africa’s ministerial line-up.

Ayanda Dlodlo and Bheki Cele are amongst those vulnerable to a swinging axe, following the security and policing mix-ups that allowed rioters to run free across South Africa last month. Deputy President David Mabuza, meanwhile, has also emerged as an outside candidate for the boot, following yet another mysterious ‘medical absence’.

  • Zweli Mkhize, banged to rights with the corrupt Digital Vibes contract, is highly likely to lose his ministerial position.

When will the Cabinet reshuffle be announced?

There are few ministers or other senior cadres who can call themselves ‘scandal-free’. So with a Cabinet reshuffle now looming, Cyril faces an uphill task to replace the outgoing ministers with competent and trusted figures.

We know the move is imminent. Ramaphosa said seven days ago that we could expect the changes to come ‘very soon’ – but what does that actually mean? Well, as of Thursday afternoon, things seem to have slipped into another gear.

  • BusinessLive report that Ramaphosa has his replacement candidates ‘ready to go’.
  • The meeting with the tripartite is considered as ‘one of the last steps’ before an announcement is made.
  • Some sources have suggested that the Cabinet reshuffle could be completed ‘before the weekend is finished’.
  • Ministers are already on lockdown with the information – as the likes of Khumbudzo Ntshavheni stay mum.