Who’s who in Zuma’s shuffle

2012-06-14 00:00

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is the new minister of Defence and Military Veterans. She served as the minister of Correctional Services until yesterday and in the Mbeki administration was the Home Affairs minister.

She is a former president of the ANC Women’s League and has previously served on Parliament’s defence committee and the joint standing committee on intelligence.

Lindiwe Sisulu

Lindiwe Sisulu is the minister of Public Service and Administration. She served as minister of Defence and Military Veterans until yesterday. She has served under the Mbeki, Motlanthe and Zuma administrations as deputy minister of Home Affairs, as well as Housing and Intelligence ministers.

Sindisiwe Chikunga

Former health professional and chair of Parliament’s portfolio committee on police, Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga, better known as Sindi, was appointed deputy Transport minister.

She was a teacher at the Embhuleni Nursing School, Mpumalanga, from 1990, until she was deployed to Parliament in 2004.

Bulelani Gratitude

Magwanishe

ANC deputy chief whip Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe has been appointed deputy Public Enterprises minister.

He was a member of Parliament’s standing committee on private members legislative proposals and special petitions and the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development.

Jeremy Cronin

Jeremy Cronin is the new deputy minister of Public Works, after serving as Transport deputy minister. He is the deputy general secretary of the SA Communist Party.

Cronin was a political prisoner at Pretoria Maximum Security Prison from 1976 to 1983, and wrote his first poetry collection Inside (1983) reflecting on his experiences there. Other poetry collections include Even the Dead (1997) and Inside and Out (1999).

Mduduzi Manana

ANC Youth League member Mduduzi Manana was appointed deputy minister of Higher Education in President Jacob Zuma’s reshuffle. His appointment is seen as thank-you after he publicly broke ranks with his youth league colleagues over Julius Malema. He has moved from being the youngest MP to the youngest minister at 28 years of age.

Manana studied for a bachelor of arts majoring in political science and sociology at the university of KwaZulu-Natal.

— Witness Reporters.

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