Who’s in and who’s out in Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2019 Cabinet reshuffle? Don’t panic. We’re about to find out whether or not we’re in for some surprises. Will there be scandalous Ministers appointed or cleaner government departments? Ramaphosa has just been elected president and he has some tough decisions to make. He’s confident about his choices to come. Are you?
Cyril Ramaphosa is Elected President Again
Ramaphosa was elected as the president of South Africa yesterday and the opposition parties congratulated him. Watch what Maimane and Malema had to say:
Both the DA and the EFF had supportive things to say:
“I want to say from our party and from me personally, I wish you great success. I wish to say to you that when the decisions that you take are in the interests of our nation and for the people of this country, we will be the first ones to support you,” – DA’s Mmusi Maimane.
“All the best, President, we are here, we are watching you and we will continue to engage you openly, not in secret,” – EFF’s Julius Malema.
The Acceptance Speech:
In his acceptance speech, President Ramaphosa was humbled and had this to say: “I will be a president of all South Africans, and not just a president of the African National Congress and those who voted.” He also mentioned that “there will be toughness because the problems that we confront are huge. They are immense.”
President Ramaphosa is in a very powerful position right now and we’re keen to see what he decides.
How Does The Reshuffle Affect You?
In the reshuffle, the president will appoint new (or not-so-new) Ministers. The Ministers are the big decision-makers, so when their power changes hands, it affects all of us. Those who are appointed into Cabinet are tasked with the BIG responsibility of doing what’s best for the public.
This can be a bit daunting because it’s hard to predict just how much change there’ll be in the reshuffle. Remember when Former President Zuma replaced 10 Ministers in one night? Shook! It matters who’s in, who’s out, who’s back and what they’re all about. From transport to education and housing, the Ministers are in charge of what goes down.
And the president chooses the Ministers. So our eyes are peeled.
He’s Not Losing Any Sleep Over It
President Ramaphosa seems pretty chill about it so far. When asked if he’s had many sleepless nights trying to decide who’s going to be in his new Cabinet, he said:
“No, it’s not sleepless nights, it’s the work that we’ve got to do and everybody knows that we’ve got to do this work and that’s precisely what we’re working on now.”
There is a LOT of pressure on Ramaphosa to pick good Ministers and not scandalous ones. But he’s confident that South Africans will be pleased with his choices. EWN reports:
“We’ll present an outcome that I think the country will welcome and will be pleased with – because it will have a very good balance of gender, youth, competence, demographic [and] regional spread and all that. So wait and see, watch this space” – Cyril Ramaphosa.
There Were Some Surprises Last Year
Deputy President of SA, David Mabuza, was a shocker as Mabuza has been linked to past scandals. The decision was largely seen as a compromise on Cyril Ramaphosa’s part. So who will take this position next? That’s the question.
Nhlanhla Nene was appointed as the Minister Of Finance, after being axed by Zuma in 2015. Sacking the finance minister back then caused the rand to drop dramatically. Ramaphosa brought him back.
Blade Nzimande went from Minister Of Higher Education to Minister Of Transport. You may remember him from his role in #FeesMustFall; Nzimande was criticised heavily by the protesting students.
Bathabile Dlamini was demoted to the Minister Of Women In The Presidency. She received criticism because she failed to manage the social grants system as Minister of Social Development.
You can read a full breakdown of Ramaphosa’s 2018 Cabinet reshuffle here.
What Can We Expect This Year?
Many are expecting to see a smaller cabinet this year, with fewer departments. South Africa has one of the largest cabinets in the world, so we might be seeing a clean-up. Here are some predictions:
Some Controversial Ministers Getting the Chop
BusinessTech reports that we may have seen the last of these Ministers, for now:
- David Mabuza (former deputy president) might not be returning. He hasn’t been sworn in as he is currently preparing to fight corruption charges.
- Bathabile Dlamini (Minister Of Women In The Presidency) may also be sacked.
- Nomvula Mokonyane (Environment Minister) will likely be axed after being accused of accepting bribes.
- Malusi Ggiaba (former finance minister) will not serve as a member of parliament. Neither will former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete.
Both New Faces and Old Names
Possible fresh faces could include David Masondo, Ronald Lamola (ANC top governing body member) and Zizi Kodwa. We might also see some familiar names returning to cabinet, including Fikile Mbalula (previous Minister of Police) and Energy minister Jeff Radebe.
A New Deputy President?
Early reports predict that it might be a woman this time around. Finally. Possible candidates predicted include Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Naledi Pandor and Lindiwe Sisulu.
A new – hopefully shiny – Cabinet will be announced on Saturday, following President Ramaphosa’s inauguration.