Johannesburg – The ANC welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's first Cabinet reshuffle, which was announced late on Monday evening.The reshuffle was delayed by almost two hours, but eventually he announced the return of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to the same portfolio and the introduction of others, such as Dr Zweli Mkhize to the position of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).Ramaphosa also announced that David Mabuza would be appointed as his deputy. He is to be sworn in on Tuesday.READ: Who is our new deputy president-elect David Mabuza?ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the ruling party welcomed the appointment of Mabuza, as well as the ministers and deputy ministers."As the ANC, we particularly commend the president for having exercised this prerogative in consultation with the national officials of the ANC and our alliance partners," Mabe said."Undoubtedly, this act of giving due regard to the resolutions of the African National Congress, in the exercise of the prerogative bestowed upon the president, lays a strong foundation for greater alignment and cooperation between the ANC and its cadres deployed in government."ALSO READ: Who is in and who is out: Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffleMabe congratulated Mabuza "as well as all comrades appointed" as ministers and deputy ministers."We extend our gratitude to all comrades who served in the immediate past Cabinet and are confident that they and their skills are not lost to the ANC," he said."The ANC is confident that, as disciplined members of the organisation, they will continue to serve the movement and the people of South Africa in whatever capacity they are deployed."