The suspense has grown to an immense size over the past few days, as South Africans continue their wait to find out who exactly will be governing this country. Three weeks after Election Day, we are still none the wiser as to who will occupy a space in Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet. But that’s all about to change…
Pule Mabe teases South Africans
Earlier on Wednesday, the ANC Spokesperson Pule Mabe revealed that a cabinet announcement would be coming “very soon”, in a video that was uploaded, deleted, and then reuploaded to his Twitter feed. His “should I, shouldn’t I” approach to social media mirrors the actions of President Ramaphosa right now.
The head of state still seems to be mulling over some fiercely-tough decisions. The future of David Mabuza seems sealed, as he plots a return to the deputy presidency. But it is the likes of Pravin Gordhan and Bathabile Dlamini who face a more uncertain destiny, as both have a real chance of being ejected from Cyril’s inner circle.
Soon is Soon… pic.twitter.com/bw0SXFLOLC
— PULE MABE (@pulemabe) May 29, 2019
When will the ANC announce their cabinet?
In the brief clip, Pule Mabe promises that the new government will be up and running “before South Africans attend church on Sunday”. However, you can get rid of the bashful semantics: We now know that the cabinet announcement will take place at 20:00 on Thursday 29 May.
JUST IN: CABINET ANNOUNCEMENT
President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Wednesday, 29 May 2019, address the nation on the composition of the national executive from the Union Buildings in TSHWANE at 20:00
— Chriselda Lewis ™️ (@Chriseldalewis) May 29, 2019
Pule Mabe on “unity”
Mabe also issued a statement earlier in the day, lambasting certain factions of his own party and media representatives for “trying to drive a wedge” between key ANC members.
Claims had surfaced on Wednesday that Ace Magashule was the driving force behind the Integrity Committee, which is responsible for disciplining MPs who misbehave. But according to the spokesperson, these allegations are “vicious and untrue”:
“The ANC rejects attempts from wedge drivers, both within and outside our organisation and in the media, whose sole intention is to sew divisions between our leaders and members of the ANC. The ANC has a duty and a responsibility to defends its unity against baseless and malicious attacks.”
- You can read the full statement from Pule Mabe here:
ANC UNITY IS SACROSANCT
ANC has noted malicious attempts to drive a wedge among leaders & ANC members. In the main, the mainstream media & social media have been used to drive this wedge by isolating specific leaders for malicious attacks through deliberate lies & distortions pic.twitter.com/mP6ssof9Ha
— African National Congress (@MYANC) May 29, 2019