Cyril Ramaphosa was officially sworn in as South African president on Saturday. Now, all eyes are on who will (and won’t) be in his cabinet. Leaked lists have already been circulating as have rumours that he’s likely to trim down on who gets posted.
The City Press reported on Sunday that Ramaphosa is likely to cut cabinet from 72 ministers and deputy ministers to just 32.
Over the last few years, South Africa’s cabinet has swelled
from 50 under Thabo Mbeki to over 72 under Jacob Zuma.
City Press claims that there has been some resistance from within the ANC, since it was expected that it would only be the excessive deputy minister roles that would get the chop. Ramaphosa is expected to make the announcement in the coming days.
Who will be Ramaphosa’s deputy?
That’s the other question. For some time, David Mabuza’s
reappointment to the post has been in doubt. On Wednesday, he asked for his
swearing in to be delayed “in light of a
report by the ANC Integrity Commission in which he is alleged to have prejudiced
the integrity of the ANC and brought the organisation into disrepute”.
One of the most startling allegations against Mabuza is the
political killings he has been linked with.
The deputy president must be selected from the 400 MPs who
serve in parliament which means Mabuza could be out of the running if he’s not sworn
The leaked list of what Ramaphosa’s cabinet could look like has put Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma into contention for deputy while other reports mentioned Naledi Pandor as an option.
It’s widely believed that Ramaphosa is eager to have a woman
in the role.
NDZ was spotted sitting next to Ramaphosa during the dress rehearsal for the inauguration over the weekend, sparking further speculation that she could get the gig in a move that would be a game of delicate political chess.