Look who’s jostling for a place in Zuma’s Cabinet

2014-05-18 06:00

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President Jacob Zuma is set to announce his Cabinet within days of his inauguration on Saturday – and fierce behind-the-scenes lobbying for positions will start this week.

Most eyes are on the economic cluster of ministers, with labour pushing for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be replaced by his deputy, Nhlanhla Nene. A move like that would also satisfy the lobby which has been pushing for more black African faces in the economic cluster.

Gordhan’s remarks last year that he may retire were interpreted as a sign that he might go, but he will return to Parliament as number 13 on the ANC’s list and will most likely end up in Cabinet again.

Lobbyists in teachers’ union Sadtu want to see Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga go, but Zuma has consistently defended Motshekga’s performance.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi’s name has been mentioned as a replacement, although his previous links with Sadtu might leave him compromised.

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