Reshuffle ‘to fill vacancies’
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.