JOHANNESBURG – The president of South Africa Jacob Gedleyhlekisa Zuma has reshuffled the cabinet again this morning.
The main aim of a reshuffle is to strengthen the state. The last reshuffle was in March earlier this year. During that reshuffle President Jacob Zuma fired five ministers.
Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcedisi Jonas were replaced by Malusi Gigaba and Sifiso Buthelezi as finance minister and deputy finance minister. Fikile Mbalula became the new minister of police.
The president reshuffled 6 ministers at this second reshuffle of the year. One minister Blade Nzimande, who was the minister of higher education and training has been completely removed from the cabinet.
Advocate Bongani Bongo is the only new member to join the cabinet. He has been appointed minister of state security.
The vacant position of deputy minister of higher education was filled after the deputy minister resigned earlier this year.
Mduduzi Manana resigned earlier this year after assaulting a woman at a club.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) have expressed their dissatisfaction with this reshuffle.
They were quoted saying that the cabinet does not belong to the president.
This reshuffle is said to cause a weakening in relations between the SACP and the national party the African National Congress (ANC).
The national party supports the president’s decision to reshuffle his cabinet.