President Cyril Ramaphosa has said a Cabinet reshuffle is under consideration following intense speculation in recent weeks.
Responding to questions from journalists during a tour of vaccination sites in Thembisa, Gauteng on Thursday (29 July), Ramaphosa said he is continuously “evaluating” the people he works with.
“The issue of reconfiguring a cabinet is an ongoing consideration by any president,” he said.
“You look at how you deploy the people who you are working with and how you place those people to execute various tasks, so it is an ongoing process of evaluation and all that. So it’s not something that we would say it’s a process that is outlandish, we continue to look at it.”
The President has been under pressure to fire Ministers in the security cluster. This is after he admitted that the government could have responded better to the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who seemingly contradicted Ramaphosa’s “attempted insurrection” comment, as well as Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo are part of the security cluster.
The latter two publicly contradicted each other on whether or not State Security Agency (SSA) had shared intelligence on planned attacks with Cele, who denied receiving such intelligence.
There are also two acting ministers – Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who was appointed after the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away, and Mmamoloko Kubayi, who is acting for Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Ramaphosa placed Mkhize on special leave in June in the wake of a corruption scandal at the Department of Health involving Digital Vibes, a company controlled by Mkhize’s former associates.
The President maintained that he was applying his mind with regard to a reshuffle. “I know that everyone is talking about this thing called a reshuffle. What I can say is that, watch this space,” he added.
Asked what he was planning to do about Mkhize and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on the Digital Vibes scandal, Ramaphosa pleaded for more time.
“I have received the SIU report and there is some finalisation of certain aspects which we’re going to get. I am looking at it, so allow me the time and space to look at that,” he said.