Zuma Cabinet statement causes confusion

2015-04-01 13:04

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma's announcement on Wednesday of three new additions to Cabinet created speculation over whether it was an elaborate April Fool's prank.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj confirmed the appointments when asked by News24.

However, former minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad later confirmed that the statement from the Presidency was indeed an April Fool’s Day prank.

“It’s the 1st of April today. It’s April Fool’s day and I am very pleased to see that [presidential spokesperson] Mac Maharaj still has a great sense of humour,” Pahad said.

A media release sent out by the Presidency after midday stated that former minister in the presidency, Essop Pahad, who held that position from 1999 to 2008, has been appointed as the new Minister in the Presidency responsible for Public Participation and Interface.

Former Minister of Defence, Charles Nqakula, was appointed as Minister of Roads and Traffic Affairs, and ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was appointed Deputy Minister for Social Cohesion and Nation-Building.

The statement caused a frenzy on social media, with news organisations and journalists questioning whether it was a joke.

See a screengrab below of the statement sent out by the Presidency:

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