South Africa: Ramaphosa stamps mark with cabinet reshuffle

New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his cabinet, making substantial changes to ministerial positions.

He reappointed Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, reversing his sacking by the former President Jacob Zuma.


Mr Zuma, who is facing charges of corruption, was forced to stand down earlier this month by his own party.

Mr Ramaphosa took over, promising a “new dawn” for the country and pledging to be tough on corruption.

“In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation,” Ramaphosa said, while announcing the appointments in Pretoria on Monday night.

He kept several ministers appointed by his predecessor, but other former allies of the former president were demoted or lost their jobs.

David Mabuza, the deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, was named Deputy President of South Africa.

Mr Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who Mr Ramaphosa beat in December’s ANC leadership election, was appointed minister to the presidency.

The biggest headline is his re-appointment of Nhlanhla Nene into the finance role he was fired from in December 2015.

At the time the move was widely criticised, sparking panic among investors and causing the Rand to fall to record-lows against the Dollar.

Mr Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old former businessman, dedicated much of his first State of the Nation address earlier this month promising to fight corruption, boost the economy and create jobs.

He came to power after a turbulent departure by his predecessor, who resisted days of internal party pressure to resign from his post.

Mr Zuma’s nine-year tenure as president was dogged by corruption allegations, while the country struggled with ballooning national debt and high levels of unemployment.

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  1. With all due respect the cabinet is a huge disappointment, rather it is a capitulation of Cyril to powerful ANC factions, including regional blocs who clearly foisted their people on him. In fact, I see Zuma’s hand in some embarrassing names, who will be hauled before the courts and parliamentary committees to answer charges of graft, incompetence, state capture and undermining the constitution. The president has just axed non-entities, small men and women for political expediency. It appears there seem to be little hope for these Siamese twins bonded by the Limpopo(river)umbilical cord, as ED, in his wisdom, retained Mugabe’s cabinet. I sometimes wonder aloud, who exactly shall really deliver us to the promised land?

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