Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Leaked: Could this be Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet?

ramaphosa when announce new cabinetIt may not be official but it has been accurate so far…

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has yet to reveal his Cabinet but social media has been abuzz for a couple of weeks after a list was leaked with a few startling changes in some positions.

Of course, this is all speculative as the list has not been confirmed as official by the office of the president. However, recent events have allowed room for us to take a closer look at this mysterious list, whose source has never been identified.

How accurate is the leaked Cabinet list?

Ramaphosa swore that South Africa would be satisfied with what he described as a ‘diverse selection’. He also warned that we were going to see changes, with old faces giving way to a more youthful collective.

Related: Ramaphosa’s Cabinet: David Mabuza replacement on the cards

Accuracy of Mabuza-NDZ replacement mystery

The first indication of the leaked list bearing some notes of truth to it was the announcement of deputy president, David Mabuza’s swearing-in postponement.

While elected political representatives from the 14 political parties that have taken up seats at the National Assembly were being sworn in, Mabuza was forced to heed the call of the ANC’s Integrity Commission, to answer to a string of allegations that have been levelled against him in its report.

Mokonyane’s absence on the list and in Parliament

Another key jaw-dropper that cast an eye on the leaked list’s accuracy was the news of Nomvula Mokonyane’s — the Minister of Environmental Affairs — absence from the swearing-in proceedings.

She too was forced to cancel her participation from the Parliamentary process. Although, it is not yet clear why she did so. All of this mystery has compelled us to take another look at the leaked list. Could this be Ramaphosa’s incoming Cabinet?

Related: Now Nomvula Mokonyane won’t be sworn-in to Parliament

Cyril Ramaphosa’s leaked incoming Cabinet

President of SA

  • Mr CM Ramaphosa

Deputy President

  • Dr NC Dlamini

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been tipped as the new deputy president, replacing the embattled Mabuza.

She has teased the idea of being Ramaphosa’s hand in the last couple of weeks, stating that she would excel in the position if it was awarded to her.

Related: The next deputy president? Dlamini-Zuma speaks about “replacing” Mabuza

“Who becomes deputy is the president’s prerogative. I have always said that if I am asked to sweep the floor, I will sweep it very clean. So whatever I am asked to. I will do.”

Minister of Government Planning

  • Dr D Masondo

Minister of Defence and Security Services

  • Mr TSP Makwetla

Minister of Justice and Rehabilitation

  • Mr RO Lamola

Minister of Finance

  • Ms BD Creecy

This lends itself to Ramaphosa’s call for more equal gender representation in Cabinet. Meaning that Creecy’s appointment, if confirmed, will be less about the question of Tito Mboweni’s merit but about upscaling gender equality.

Although, Mboweni, in his term, has rubbed senior members of the ANC in the wrong way with his controversial tweets about land and Afrikaans.

Related: South Africans criticise Tito Mboweni for his views on Afrikaans

Minister of Social Protection and Labour

  • Ms B Mbete-Kgositsile

Minister of Health

  • Dr SM Dhlomo

Minister of State Enterprises

  • Mr SE Mchunu

Minister of Economic Sustainability

  • Mr E Patel

Minister of Higher Education and Technological Development

  • Ms MNT Kubayi-Ngubane

Minister of Basic Education and Early Childhood Development

  • Dr GNM Pandor

Minister of Policing

  • Dr LN Sisulu

Lindiwe Sisulu has found herself in a tight spot with the president. Her debacles with the local Israeli community and her fight against the Jewish state has threatened her coveted position as the Minister of International Relations.

Read: Lindiwe Sisulu faces uncertain future for downgrading Israeli embassy

According to this list, Sisulu will be outcasted in Ramaphosa’s inner circle and placed as the Police Minister, replacing a deflated Bheki Cele.

Minister of Public Works and Rural Development

  • Dr MJ Phaahla

Minister of Arts and Sports Recreation

  • Ms NK Bilankulu

Minister of Water and Environmental Protection

  • Ms PP Dyantyi

This renovated position was expected to be filled by the current environmental affairs minister, Mokonyane.

However, after it was announced that she would be anointed to the chair of chairs position, it seems highly unlikely after her swearing-in process was postponed.

Minister of Transport

  • Mr VC Xaba

Minister of Communication Services

  • Mr J Mthembu

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

  • Ms D Letsatsi-Duba

Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources

  • Mr JT Radebe

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

  • Dr PA Motsoaledi

Minister of Human Settlements

  • Mr ZM Mandela

Minister of Tourism

  • Ms MT Kibi

Minister of Public Service and Administration

  • Ms TR Modise

Minister of International Relations

  • Ms ST Ndabeni-Abrahams

This list features certain renovations to the Cabinet. Compared to former president Jacob Zuma’s 2014 selection, it bears ten fewer positions.

If true, it may be an indication of Ramaphosa’s attempt to please the masses by operating a leaner collective.

Related: “Watch this space” – Cyril Ramaphosa teases diverse Cabinet

For instance, the ministry of minerals is expected to merge with energy, while co-operative governance is expected to marry traditional affairs.

As exciting as it is to gamble, we will have to wait with bated breath on Ramaphosa’s official reveal.

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