Cyril Ramaphosa ~ Greg Nicolson, NewsFire
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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