LIVE: Zuma cabinet reshuffle – what now?

2017-03-31 06:41

President Jacob Zuma’s overnight cabinet reshuffle has plunged SA into chaos.

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New deputy finance minister Sfiso Buthelezi was linked to possible financial irregularities in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s 2015 report on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).


Save SA and Zwelinzima Vavi-led new trade federation Saftu have called on South Africans to mobilise in Pretoria to “symbolically occupy the Treasury”. 


Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will brief the media on the way forward following the cabinet reshuffle.

He will brief the media on the Motion of No Confidence, which is being processed by the National Assembly and the mass action that the party will be taking.

The briefing will take place at OR Tambo International Arrivals Terminal at 10:30.


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President Jacob Zuma could no longer allow the prevailing political pendulum to swing away from securing a prosecution-free retirement, says political analyst Daniel Silke. 



Pravin Gordhan, who was sacked late on Thursday, was admired by many ordinary South Africans – an unusual achievement for any finance minister.

He held onto the purse strings for longer than many analysts expected after he was parachuted into the job in 2015 to calm markets when a little-known lawmaker lasted just four days in the post.

But Zuma’s desire to appoint a loyalist to the treasury ultimately cost Gordhan his portfolio, which he had also held from 2009 to 2014.


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A new #ZumaMustFall petition has launched online. Over 5 000 people have signed already.


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe made a last ditch effort to try and persuade President Jacob Zuma not to fire Pravin Gordhan, but failed.

News24 understands that Ramaphosa and Mantashe again rejected the decision during a meeting with Zuma on Thursday night. This was the second time Ramaphosa and Mantashe objected to Zuma’s plans.


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Nxesi replaces Mbalula as sport minister

Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi has been moved from Minister of Public Works to Minister of Sport and Recreation in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma in the early hours of Friday morning.

Nxesi, who is better known for taking the heat in the Nkandla upgrades scandal, replaces Fikile Mbalula who has been moved to Minister of Police.

Also the SA Communist Party deputy chairperson, Nxesi previously served as deputy minister of rural development and land reform from November 2010 to October 2011.