Zuma pres­sured to reshuf­fle

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PRES­SURE con­tin­ues to mount on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to reshuf­fle his cabi­net and axe Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi for the cri­sis at the SABC.

Zuma has pre­vi­ously de­nied any changes to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive are im­mi­nent, but it is un­der­stood the pres­i­dent is un­der pres­sure to fire Muthambi.

Zuma’s spokesman Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.

Muthambi is not the only min­is­ter ear­marked for the axe. The pres­i­dent is in dis­cus­sion with Min­er­als Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane over his re­marks the cabi­net had de­cided on a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry to probe the banks for dump­ing the Gup­tas early this year.

Zwane has been touted for a less con­tro­ver­sial port­fo­lio at Water and San­i­ta­tion, with the in­cum­bent Nomvula Mokonyane to be shifted to a more se­nior post at Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries.

A few weeks ago Zuma de­nied ru­mours of a cabi­net reshuf­fle, which he sug­gested were a bid to desta­bilise his govern­ment.

How­ever, pres­sure to get rid of Muthambi con­tin­ued to grow and Zuma is now ex­pected to act.

In his first term of of­fice Zuma had three cabi­net reshuf­fles in three years, mak­ing him the first head of state in demo­cratic South Africa to make so many changes to his ex­ec­u­tive.

For­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela did not have a ma­jor reshuf­fle in his one term as pres­i­dent. Nor did his suc­ces­sor, Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki was strongly crit­i­cised for keep­ing the dead­wood in his ex­ec­u­tive, but he

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stuck with his min­is­ters.

Zuma has ex­panded his cabi­net and chopped and changed it sev­eral times in his first term. In his sec­ond term he first reshuf­fled his cabi­net af­ter for­mer Public Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Collins Cha­bane died in a car crash.

He brought in Zwane from the Free State and put him at Min­er­als, and moved Ngoako Ra­math­lodi to Public Ser­vice.

But the ma­jor shake-up was the ax­ing of Nh­lanhla Nene from the Trea­sury, in favour of Des van Rooyen.

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