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New South African President Set To Announce Cabinet Members

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Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa will announce changes to the Cabinet at 08:30 GMT on Monday, February 26, 2018, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the presidency has said.

Ramaphosa is also expected to announce a new deputy president.

The names of ministers Naledi Pandor and Lindiwe Sisulu, as well as the Speaker Baleka Mbete and David Mabuza, deputy president of the ANC, have been touted as possible candidates.

Another wild card name that has been mentioned is that of Paul Mashatile, the Gauteng ANC leader and treasurer general of the ANC.

As citizens of South Africa are patiently waiting for Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa to appoint a deputy president and make changes to Cabinet, the African National Congress, ANC, says its top officials will move with speed to deal with the issue to avoid creating anxiety.

The party’s highest decision-making body met in Irene on Sunday, February 25, 2018, where it finalised the deployment of its leaders in the organisation.

The party has appointed former KZN chair Senzo Mchunu as head of organising and campaigns at Luthuli House, while former spokesperson Zizi Kodwa will be responsible for monitoring and evaluation in the office of the President.

Both positions are full time at Luthuli House.

Ramaphosa indicated during the State of the Nation Address that he would review the configuration, number, and size of Cabinet.

But fast forward nine days later and the country still has no deputy president, there are still no changes to the Cabinet and rumours continue to swirl about who will be in and who will be out.

Ace Magashule says while the NEC didn’t discuss a Cabinet reshuffle, the issue may find expression in the meeting of the party’s top six on Monday.

“We’re going to move with speed to ensure that there’s no anxiety around the issue of Cabinet.”

While speculation is rife that Ramaphosa may make changes to Cabinet as soon as this week, he previously indicated he would make the move after extensive consultation and without rushing.

Read more at EWN

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