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Zuma to tackle cabinet

2014-05-11 11:02
Cyril Ramaphosa ~ Greg Nicolson, NewsFire

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is expected to meet with the ANC’s heavy weights today to decide on the look of the new cabinet following the party’s win at the polls on Wednesday.

According to the Sunday Independent, Zuma is expected to appoint the ANC’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, as the country’s second in command – to replace outgoing deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

The newspaper reported that this comes against the backdrop of the push within the party for a second deputy president position to be created so as to appoint national chairperson Baleka Mbete to the position. This move is seen as one to pave the way for a woman presidential candidate.

However, without a clear two-thirds majority, the ANC would need the support of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters in order to achieve this. But, reports the Sunday Independent, heavy weights within the ANC consider this option to be undesirable.

Meanwhile, a senior ANC official told the newspaper there was a desire within the party to keep cabinet small and to not expand it. However, a new ministry for small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME) is on the cards.

In addition, at least two ministers are seen to be vulnerable. They are reportedly Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Communications Minister Yunus Carrim.

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