President hints at cabinet posts for Kodwa, Mbalula
Move will bring in more young blood
President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the strongest hint yet that Zizi Kodwa might get his big break into the cabinet after elections next year, while Fikile Mbalula might make a return in what appears to be a drive to infuse young blood into the executive.
This comes after Ramaphosa appointed a relatively young Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams as minister of communications, telecommunications and postal services this week.
Ramaphosa hinted about the possible inclusion of Kodwa and Mbalula in his cabinet on Friday night during an ANC People’s Manifesto engagement with the creative arts industry in Parktown, Johannesburg, where musicians, actors, filmmakers and designers told him about their struggles.
“I was appointed into the presidency [by the ANC], Nathi Mthethwa was appointed [to the ministry of arts and culture] and Mbalula had been appointed to the police but I fired him... I pulled him out for another task but he will go back,” said Ramaphosa.
“And another one who has never tasted being appointed to cabinet is this one [Kodwa] but he will be in soon.”
Ramaphosa urged people in the arts sector to participate in politics and campaign for the ANC if they want government to represent their industry.
The artists urged Ramaphosa to establish a commission of inquiry into the arts industry, but Ramaphosa shot down the idea immediately at the advice of Mthethwa, who said there had been one before.
But, Ramaphosa welcomed the idea of merging the department of arts and culture with that of sport and recreation.