Reshuf­fle ‘to fill va­can­cies’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO -

THE ANC-led al­liance has de­fended Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s de­ci­sion to keep em­bat­tled min­is­ters in his Cab­i­net fol­low­ing his reshuf­fle on Thurs­day.

Ramaphosa said the shake-up was aimed at fill­ing va­cant posts left by the late for­mer min­is­ter of en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs Edna Molewa and for­mer home af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba, who re­signed un­der pres­sure last week.

For­mer telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and postal ser­vices min­is­ter Siyabonga Cwele re­placed Gi­gaba while for­mer com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane re­placed Molewa.

But op­po­si­tion par­ties slammed Ramaphosa for not fir­ing Batha­bile Dlamini and Mokonyane who left their de­part­ments in sham­bles.

Ramaphosa merged the com­mu­ni­ca­tions and tele­coms and postal ser­vices de­part­ments and ap­pointed for­mer deputy com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Stella Nd­abeni-Abra­hams to head the min­istry. More trim­ming would take place after next year’s elec­tions, Ramaphosa said.

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