Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
7 Aug 2021
5:40 am

Ramaphosa reinforces Cabinet with his people

Eric Naki

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Vuyani Pambo said the EFF had called on Ramaphosa to do away with deputy ministers, who were costly to the taxpayers.

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Jacob Zuma-styled patronage is back as his successor Cyril Ramaphosa increases, instead of reduces, his Cabinet. The reconfiguration of the Cabinet achieved one purpose – the president reinforced it with his people. The majority of those appointed and retained in the Cabinet are Ramaphosa loyalists. The exceptions are Ayanda Dlodlo, moved from state security to public service and administration, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille and Lindiwe Sisulu, who was moved to tourism. Ramaphosa cut out the state security department but then separated human settlements from water affairs and sanitation. He...