The anticipation is almost over, and Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on Wednesday evening regarding his picks for cabinet. He’s given us two reshuffles before, but this will be his first ever original announcement.
Ramaphosa has even decided to give us a timeslot that doesn’t compromise our sleeping patterns, either: At 20:00, he will share his decision live from the Union Buildings in Pretoria – and you can view it via the live stream at the bottom of the page, kindly supplied by eNCA.
What to expect from the cabinet announcement
Well, we’re almost certain that the ministry is going to be reduced in some shape of form. And it’ll be a lot more comprehensive than Cyril’s most recent reshuffle in 2018 – just one new minister was introduced, as two departments ended up merging. It was hardly heeding the call to reduce the size of the “bloated” cabinet.
Opposition parties have been asking for a streamlined “inner circle” for a very long time. Meanwhile, the EFF has gone one better and asked for the ANC to get rid of all deputy ministers, kicking 30 public servants to the kerb.
Who’s in trouble?
The futures of Pravin Gordhan and Bathabile Dlamini are going to be the most scrutinised: Both are under pressure to keep their jobs, as certain factions of the ANC try to push the ministers towards the exit door.
It looks as if David Mabuza will still be safe as deputy president, meaning that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will have to wait a little longer before initiating her own play for power. The former leadership candidate to Cyril Ramaphopsa has openly admitted she’d step in for Mabuza, but it looks as if he’s warded off the challenge.
We’re expecting Cyril to keep his allies – such as Lindiwe Sisulu and Naledi Pandor – in their respective positions as international relations minister and higher education minister. However, nothing should be taken as a certainty.
Live stream the cabinet announcement here
(Proceedings should have began at 20:00 – but the announcement has been delayed. We are expecting things to start soon)
#CabinetAnnouncement is delayed due to the President meeting individual prospective ministers, so says the Presidency communications team.
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