Presidency rejects 'mischievous' Cabinet reshuffle reports

2015-12-11 19:47
President Jacob Zuma. (File)

President Jacob Zuma. (File)

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Johannesburg - The Presidency on Friday rejected reports in the media regarding speculation of a pending Cabinet reshuffle.

"Misguided speculation of this nature is mischievous and misleading," spokesperson Bongani Majola said in a statement.

"We urge that Cabinet be afforded the necessary respect and space to work."

Speculation has been rife that more ministers could soon be facing the chop.

According to reports, this included Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

This follows the axing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

President Jacob Zuma announced through a statement late on Wednesday that Nene was being replaced by ANC MP David van Rooyen.

At the time the president said Nene would be redeployed to a "strategic" position to be announced in due course.

On Friday evening, Zuma announced that Nene had been removed because he was South Africa's nominee for head of the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics Bank, which would be based in Johannesburg.

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