Cabinet reshuffle welcomed

2013-07-09 20:15
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle announcement on Tuesday was welcomed across the country, with many offering support to the new Cabinet members.

The ANC said it would support the new Cabinet members.

"We welcome the initiatives taken by the president to strengthen the functioning and capacity of government," the African National Congress said in a statement.

"[We] hope that these changes will provide greater impetus to government delivery as we advance towards 20 years of democratic governance in 2014."

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the ANC had no doubt it had the capacity and credentials required to fulfil its duties.

Zuma axed three ministers - Communication Minister Dina Pule, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi.

IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe said the communications department had faced one crisis after another under Pule.

The IFP said that Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle is a frank admission that it was not functioning at its best.

"We are hopeful that this Cabinet reshuffle will strengthen some of the non-performing departments, and improve government's dismal service delivery record," IFP Chief Whip Koos van der Merwe said in a statement.

"Serious damage has been done by the persistent allegations of corruption, nepotism, and cadre deployment.

"We are hopeful that new Minister Yunus Carrim will bring bold and stable leadership, which is urgently required to harness this department's development potential and put it back on the right track," she said.

Zuma also announced the appointment of four new deputy ministers.

The IFP wished all the new ministers and deputies the best in their new duties.

"We pledge our support and we hope that they will perform their tasks conscientiously, with passion and commitment to improving the lives of ordinary South Africans," Van der Merwe said.

Agang SA's Mamphela Ramphele said the reshuffle "fell far short of what the citizens of the nation should expect”.

Ministers congratulated

The SACP has also welcomed the Cabinet reshuffle.

"We wish the newly-appointed members all the best in the implementation of the 2009 election manifesto commitments," said SA Communist Party spokesperson Malesela Maleka.

"Now that we are entering the final leg of the fourth [ANC]-led administration, focus must remain on consolidating the effectiveness of governance and meeting the needs of our people, majority of whom are working class and poor."

The SACP thanked the outgoing ministers and deputy ministers.

Maleka said the SACP particularly congratulated the central committee members appointed by Zuma in their own right as ANC members.

Cosatu has congratulated the new ministers and deputy ministers announced by Zuma.

"[Cosatu] sends best wishes to them all, and hope that they will preside over improvements in their fields of responsibility," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"We particularly welcome the appointment of comrade Connie September, a product of our trade union movement."

September was appointed minister of human settlements, replacing Sexwale.

Read more on:    agang sa  |  sacp  |  cosatu  |  anc  |  ifp  |  yunus carrim  |  jacob zuma  |  richard baloyi  |  tokyo sexwale  |  mamphela ramphele  |  politics  |  cabinet reshuffle

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