Alliance battle over posts

2009-04-26 00:00

Pretoria — A fierce battle is raging behind the scenes among the ANC’s alliance partners as president-elect Jacob Zuma begins to put his cabinet together.

The SA Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) played a key role in Zuma’s journey to the Union Buildings, but there are warnings within the alliance that a great leftist voice in the new government is not a foregone conclusion.

A top ANC leader recently went so far as to say he wants to make sure no one from the SACP is included in the cabinet.

From the SACP side, it has been said that the struggle between the alliance partners, which burst into the open under former president Thabo Mbeki, has not gone away, and that they are going to strive to exercise real influence on government policy.

The SACP has already received a blow from the Zuma transition team, when their proposed two-tier cabinet, with senior ministers having greater power, was rejected.

However, it is expected that SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande will be included in Zuma’s cabinet. He is rumoured to have his eye on the Education Ministry, but is also apparently interested in rural development, an anticipated new portfolio.

His deputy, Jeremy Cronin, chairs the parliamentary transport committee and could get this cabinet post.

It is the president’s prerogative to assemble the cabinet, but unlike Mbeki, Zuma is expected to consult widely with the ANC eadership.

The cabinet is also expected to grow, with Education perhaps being divided into two ministeries — school and tertiary education — and Agriculture and Land Affairs also possibly being split.

The country is waiting to see who will be appointed to the Foreign Affairs post, and the position of Finance Minister, which Trevor Manuel currently holds, is also being closely watched. Manuel could remain in his current portfolio, but there is talk that he will be redeployed to head the new planning commission within the Presidency. This new position will exercise oversight over delivery by all government departments.

Among the possible candidates for Finance is Previn Gordhan, the commissioner of the SA Revenue Service. He is seen as an excellent manager who has the confidence of the international community.

It is speculated that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s ex-wife, will be replaced at Foreign Affairs by current Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Several others, including Transport Minister Jeff Radebe and Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, are also reportedly eyeing this post.

Fikile Mbalula, the former president of the ANC Youth League and head of the party’s election campaign, is expected to be rewarded with a deputy ministerial post, having also played a key role in Zuma’s election as party leader in 2007.

Two women who played key roles in the ANC’s election performance will also be granted top positions. They are Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane, and Women’s League president Angie Motshekga.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.