Vavi: Reshuffle was Zuma's prerogative

2013-07-10 09:00
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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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

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma does not owe anyone an explanation on why he reshuffled his cabinet, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told SABC radio news on Wednesday.

"The president has a prerogative to make any decision in relation to the Cabinet," Vavi told SAfm.

"After all, this is about his own performance and he [Zuma] needs to go to the public next year and account as a president in terms of what he has or has not done to pursue the goal of building a better life for all."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions welcomed on Tuesday the appointment of Connie September - "a product of our trade union movement" - as the new human settlements minister in place of Tokyo Sexwale.

Communications Minister Dina Pule and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi were also axed.

The other new appointments are:

- Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Lechesa Tsenoli

- Communications Minister, Yunus Carrim;

- Energy Minister, Ben Martins;

- Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters;

- Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister, John Jeffery;

- Science and Technology Deputy Minister, Michael Masutha;

- Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Andries Nel; and

- Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Pamela Tshwete.

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