Reshuffle: Zuma 'doesn't need to explain'

2013-07-10 10:04
Jacob Zuma (Picture: GCIS)

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Zuma cabinet reshuffle

2013-07-10 08:57

Announcing his reshuffled Cabinet in Pretoria, Zuma made several changes in the executive. Watch. WATCH

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma does not have to give reasons for the changes he made in a Cabinet reshuffle, the presidency said on Wednesday.

"The presidency has noted complaints from some media houses and commentators that President Jacob Zuma did not provide reasons when announcing changes to the national executive [on Tuesday], 9 July 2013.

"The presidency wishes to remind the opinion-makers that the president of the republic uses his prerogative when appointing members to the national executive," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"He does not need to provide reasons."

Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday afternoon, axing three ministers - Communications Minister Dina Pule, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi.

Transport Minister Ben Martins became the new energy minister, swapping portfolios with Dipuo Peters.

Zuma also appointed four new deputy ministers.

Maharaj said the new Cabinet members would be sworn in at the Union Buildings at 15:00 on Wednesday.

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