Pres­i­dent hints at cab­i­net posts for Kodwa, Mbalula

Move will bring in more young blood

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Zingisa Mvumvu

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.

Zizi Kodwa

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