Cabinet’s biggest losers

2014-05-25 20:29

President Jacob Zuma had a few surprises in store when he announced his Cabinet – among them exclusions and demotions.

Here are the biggest losers:

» Paul Mashatile, former arts and culture minister, and ANC chairperson in Gauteng, which opposed Zuma’s re-election in Mangaung in 2012.

» Yunus Carrim, former communications minister, and respected by many in the industry. He is replaced by former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele in the new ministry of telecommunications and postal services. Faith Muthambi is the new minister of communications.

» Cwele’s move from the key portfolio of state security is seen by some as a demotion.

» Max Sisulu. After being ditched as Speaker of Parliament, it was expected that he would be a minister. Some see his failure to get reappointed as punishment for his decision to set up an ad hoc committee to review Zuma’s response to the Public Protector’s report on security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

» Marthinus van Schalkwyk, former minister of tourism, and now replaced by Derek Hanekom. Although Van Schalkwyk isn’t a heavyweight in the ANC, like Hanekom, he has done a steady job in the portfolio.

» Nathi Mthethwa, former police minister, has been demoted to the less important ministry of arts and culture.

» Marius Fransman, former deputy minister of international relations, is now an MPL in the DA-run Western Cape and was technically not eligible for re-appointment in a national position.

» Ebrahim Ebrahim, the other former deputy minister of international relations, has retired from Cabinet.

» Sbu Ndebele, former KwaZulu-Natal premier and Zuma opponent, didn't do too well in the correctional services portfolio, and has been excluded from Cabinet.

» Lulu Xingwana, whose performance in the women's ministry was below par, is also out.

» Ben Martins (energy), Connie September (human settlements) and Pieter Mulder, former deputy minister of agriculture and leader of the Freedom Front Plus, did not make the cut either.

» This story was updated after first published.

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