Zuma replaces ministers

2011-10-24 16:37

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, sacking Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Traditional Affairs and Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka, who've been in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's firing line.

Here is a full list of the changes:

- Deputy minister for performance monitoring and evaluation, Dina Pule, becomes the new minister of communications;

- Deputy minister for rural development and land reform, Thembelani (Thulas) Nxesi, becomes the new minister of public works;

- Communications Minister Roy Padayachie becomes the new minister of public service and administration;

- Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi becomes the new minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs;

- Deputy minister of communications, Obed Bapela, becomes the new deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation;

- Deputy public works minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu becomes the new deputy minister for women, children and persons with disability;

- The chairperson of the portfolio committee on co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli, becomes the new deputy minister for rural development and land reform;

- ANC MP Thembisa Stella Ndabeni becomes the new deputy minister of communications.

  • Brigitte - 2011-10-24 16:44

    Now he has sacked them - when are they being charged with theft and gross maladministration? They are still MPs and will still get a huge salary from the taxpayer......

      Right - 2011-10-24 16:52

      With The permission of Simon (the author) : Ungrateful, indecisive pessimists. That just sums up most news 24 readers. When will this government and especially the president ever do right. We are quick to jump onto the Zuma led ANC at every slight opportunity we get. If we are not supporting the British media when they are saying all foreigners will be slaughtered at arrival for the World Cup, we are blaming Malema for the death of the joggers on Saturday night. Insert anything gloomy................

      Right - 2011-10-24 16:53

      with the permission of Simon (the author) : ......The man has done the right thing and fired/suspended these people. What more should he do? Bring back the death sentence for them? The problem with most people on this site is that you have preconceived ideas of how things should be. There is a significant difference between running a home and a country. You come here and cry about tax payers money what what when you should actually be glad that you earn enough to be taxed. What have you done lately for this country outside your home? Most of you spend your time busy moaning with fellow lose24 doomsayers insteadd of doing some introspection. Thank you Mr president for doing the right thing. Hope this sends out a strong message to other corrupt individuals in the government. Some here were actually hoping he doesnt do anything so they continue moaning. They are quite disaapointed because it has taken away thee one other thing they can moan about. Now I cant link the satanic related murders to Zuma, aahh well, lets blame it on the Dalai Lama or is Malema?

      Nosiphom - 2011-10-24 16:55

      They will be moved quietly to represent the country somewhere overseas. No-one gets fired in the ANC govt, just moved. Its a game of chess.

      Right - 2011-10-24 17:00

      with the permission of Simon (the author) : Thank you for the objective comments, round about now it ususally deteriorates into name calling etc. In a perfect world, Cele and the other ministers should have resigned without the need for all this. We are not there yet. So outside the resignations, the next best thing would be to fire/suspend them. Timing being everything. We also conviniently forget that these are politicians we are dealing with. Succesion battles, personal friendships, media perception, voter perception, opposition perception etc. You need to manage those well and manage them at a weighted average. The opposition and its supporters will not add a lot of value in the succession battle, neither will the media coverage of this issue. Cele seems like he has a lot to add in the long term. Zuma knew they had to go and the question was when and how. Cele has know for months now that he is getting suspended. You need to play the game and play it well. @Silvana.Is Madonsela not a Zuma elected minister? She is just doing her job. He is shrewd, smart and he knows how to do enough to keep everyone content. That is what politics is about. Characters on news 24 are insignificant to him, literally. Here you come to moan with your fellow pawns in this chess game called politics, African politics. Nothing surprsing here, I knew it would happen. All the people who are important are content. Dont fire Cele, suspend him.

      ttshabalala - 2011-10-24 17:02

      That's the mentality of South Africans. Can't the process begin somewhere? We're a very miserable nation....this is unbelievable. Well done to the president!

      Servaas - 2011-10-24 17:11

      @Right & ttshabalala: Well, in Zuma’s entire term this is the 1st constructive thing he has done (except for making babies, getting married a few times and taking too many showers). HE is a hypocrite, he was implicated in over 700 corruption charges and guess what happened when he became president. Pardoned himself with the “clever” statement: “How will it look if the president stands trial” and now this criminal is the one firing and suspending for one reason and one reason only, his next term to dip his paws into money, that’s it, and you ANC clowns think the ANC actually cares about you? Btw, just because you are sitting on a branch, does not necessarily make you a branch manager.

      Right - 2011-10-24 17:18 one of the previous commentators stated "we are tired of your retarded ramblings". You GET IT.

      Servaas - 2011-10-24 17:23

      @right: Do you think I care? Facts are Facts. Another fact is all you sorry ANC supporters still believing all their lies. But then again, that is your problem. Btw, cant wait for Malema to start his silly protest, send the rand to hell and then Remit my $ to SA.. Make some money off his stupid @ss.

      Servaas - 2011-10-24 17:28

      @Right:"Characters on news 24 are insignificant to him, literally." Oh really, just like we find him and malema insignificant. You ANC supporters flatter yourself way too much, seriously.

      Right - 2011-10-24 17:28 sound just like the British...keep the exchange rate favourable for them so most of the Public Sector retirees can purchases homes in Cape Town. At least we agree on one thing "we are getting tired of your retarded ramblings" don't really care if it's going to push up the cost of living for most South Africans. You and ET were probably born into the same family.

      mulalo.v.mphaphuli - 2011-10-24 17:30

      ministers are not MPs.

      Right - 2011-10-24 17:31

      @serv-ASS...but I guess you are in dire need of every cent you can get. You should leave the money outside the country as your are a pessimist and who knows....with your may want to emigrate one day.

      Servaas - 2011-10-24 17:35

      @right: You vote ANC not me, so do not blame me for the cost of living going up. It's thanks to your president and your ANCYL "hero".. This is what happens when you have "self educated, woodwork failing idiots" in parliament. But go ahead, make your x next to his name again. "Economic Liberation" lol. No wonder the masses are still stuck in a "struggle".

      Right - 2011-10-24 17:38

      @serv-ASS....understand one thing boet...he may be self-educated....but his education...judging from your comments on this site....IS WAY ABOVE YOURS CRETIN.

      Simon - 2011-10-24 17:56

      @Servaas Knee jerk reaction to resort to name calling. You struggle to construct a sentence without taking a jibe at either fellow readers of the ANC. It is people like you the country could do without. You come here and talk about how the R will drop and you will sell your R$. Have heard that statement so many times here it is becoming a joke. Trust me, real forex traders do not spend their time on this site. With the volatility of that industry you do not have time to be doing what you are doing. Coming here and trying to act educated, please save us the drama. There is no money you are making from Julius and his walk. Need way more than walks and sevice delivery protests to capitalize on the flactuation of the Rand my friend. Oh, this is where you resort to name calling or you might want to press the thumbs down button first. We know your type, wished the WC would be a failure so you could blame Zuma. Cant afford to move to Australia or NZ but threaten to make millions from the Malema and his antics. Really do not have influence outside your keyboard and office bandwidth. Currently finding ways of blaming the heatwave on the ANC. We know your type. Currently you are fuming as you read this, yes you are. When I put an X next to ANC, it is because of what they have done and continue doing for South Africans. Disaapointed in them I am but when I think of not putting an X against the ANC, it is people like you who remind me of doing the right thing.

      Servaas - 2011-10-24 18:05

      Me fuming because of handful ANC supporters that say their leaders are so wonderful and so clever? HA HA HA.. Reading both your comments just showed me one thing, you guys were the ones fuming, not me... So vote ANC, but don't go begging to the evil West when SA is just another Zim..

      Joseph - 2011-10-24 18:10

      Zim is coming right,i hope most of you guys are heading there.

      Right - 2011-10-24 18:15

      @serv-ASS....let's have a beer when you get back from your Chicken Run to Kenya. Seems like it will be quite a long process of educating to you....we can commence over a glass of ale. @Simon...serv-ASS is not a forex dealer. As another commentator says he has "retarded ramblings" and I honestly don't think he has the wherewithall to do Forex Trading. He is some sort of Agricultural Manager on contract in Kenya. @serv-ASS....When you coming backing to South Africa boet?

      Right - 2011-10-24 18:25


      Simon - 2011-10-24 18:29

      @Servaas When you are ready for an intellectual conversation I will engage. You clearly do not have the know how and maybe cannot even fathom the idea after the questions I posed you. You claim to be clued up on forex trading and are waiting on Malema to march so you can cash in. Please enlighten us on that? You seem to have demystified the very core of currency trading with you very sound logic. Chances are you work for an international firm in either Kenya, Zim or Mozambique if you earn in $? Might be wrong but if I am not, very rich that you have such strong views about a country you dont live in. Are you that bunch that tries to justify why they moved. But in your case overseas was a bit out of your league so you settled for a neighbouring country. Anyways, when you are ready to engager, holler

      Jaco - 2011-10-24 18:30

      @Right "round about now it ususally deteriorates into name calling etc." Its very ironic that the first name calling I read was "serv-ASS" and CRETIN.. Unfortunately your posts ends going the same as the rest on News24.

      Right - 2011-10-24 18:45

      @Jaco....serv-ASS and I have a long long history on this site....with me trying to educate him or "coach him"; as another commentator has remarked. He actually started calling me GETIK way complaints on my fact he has stated far more racists comments to other readers and thats why I chose to challenge him. His nickname is appropriate. But I guess with your "laager mentality" of protecting "die volk" you will jump straight into something without understanding the historical context. I have no problem with his name calling...what I do have a problem with is his "retarded ramblings" and racist indicated by another commentator. Trust you now understand.

      jeffery.stokes - 2011-10-25 08:05

      servass, trying to run with the big dogs again, but still pissing like a puppy.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-24 16:50

    This is a fit and proper start for two non-performing ministers. Next step the courts?

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 16:50

    South Africa Slips From the Moral High Ground says ALAN COWELL of NYT NEWSPAPER. "South Africa has never liked to see itself in any way as run-of-the-mill,instead preferred to cast itself as aloof from the corruption, strife and misrule so often associated with the continent to its north.Hence Thabo Mbeki's calling the country's first democratic election in 1994 as "an African Renaissance". However South Africa have become a different under its newest coterie of the powerful around President Jacob Zuma and has since lost its claim to the moral high ground. Corruption and patronage have replaced principle and promised transparency in South Africa.Author Njabulo S. Ndebele wrote "South Africa have become corrupted by the attractions of instant wealth, reflecting a potentially catastrophic collapse in the once cohesive understanding of the post-apartheid project as embodied in our constitution.The ANC functions as a state within the state,and it thinks it is the state."

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 16:55

      The Washington Post newspaper recently wrote this: South Africa loses billions of dollars due to negligence and corruption by the ANC Government. "A South African government minister reportedly spends the equivalent of nearly $70,000 of taxpayer money on a trip to Switzerland to visit his girlfriend in jail who is facing drug charges,then tells his president that he was on official business.He claims to have been on sick leave since February.Another minister and the police chief were implicated in an unlawful deal to lease police buildings at inflated prices,which then cost taxpayers more than $250 million. These incidents pale beside the sprawling,routine corruption and negligence in South African governance exposed by Willie Hofmeyr,head of an anti-corruption agency called the Special Investigating Unit.He told Parliament that around 20% of all government procurements,or about $3.8 billion,go missing each year-most of it stolen and the rest untraceable because of negligence.The South African government barely blinked since that report was made. Hofmeyr is currently investigating more than 900 cases of questionable contracts and conflicts of interest,valued at more than $635 million.The worst theft,he said,takes place at the local level,where there wasn't that much oversight.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 17:06

      Corruption in South Africa under the ANC Government is shocking. Professor Micheal Savage,a sociologist,wrote:"Theft,fraud and violence:South African MPs do it all.A culture of impunity has made the South African parliament one of the most scandal-ridden in the world whereby MP's are arrested for drunken driving,shoplifting,fraud and corruption offences. Of the 535 MP's,29 have been guilty of domestic violence,7 have been arrested for fraud,19 have been accussed of bouncing cheques,117 have been involved in at least 2 businesses that have gone bankrupt,71 cannot obtain a credit card because of bad credit ratings,14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,8 have been arrested for shoplifting,84 have been arrested for drunken driving. Tony Yengeni,a former chief whip in the ANC,who was convicted for fraud in 2003 while chairing the country's defence commitee says this of their ANC elite:"What does the high court got to do with my life?I don't have to ask permission from them to do certain things...When asked about his numurous luxury cars which includes a MASERATI and 2 BMW's he replied "many other people have cars including white people who still have all the wealth of this country".For those brought up in the townships politics becomes the doorway to self-enrichment.Survivalism in SA is seen as political entitlement.Few MP's ever goes to prison.

      Donder - 2011-10-24 17:18

      the USA should shut up, they still cant explain how they lost 16 trillion dollars! Sweep in front of your own door first

      Simon - 2011-10-24 17:27

      Thanks news24 for remving my comment, very professional; considering I did not swear, use discriminating language, offensive language or anything really to justify you removing my comment. Marco,in a nutshell I was asking you to contact the Washington Post and get some clarity on the following topics: Atomic bomb In Hiroshima and Nagasaki Invading Afghanistan and Iraq for WMDS that are yet to be found Facilitating the murder of Gaddafi, a head of state CIA invlovment with Osama Bin Laden Murders of Palestinian men, women and chilren Debt crisis. Figures like Trillion that you only speak about hyphotetically.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 18:14

      What's with African countries and their "Big Man" mentality? Was Gaddafi Africa's latest "Big Man" to fall? Why do Western Nations push so very hard for most other countries that haven't as yet embrace DEMOCRACY to do so immediately? Is it democracy's OPENNESS and HONESTY that makes Western Powers so self-willed in urging others to take it on board?Is Democracy and Liberalism the only good MODELS for governance?Or does it undergird polities based on "soft authoritarianism"? A dwindling band of socalled strongarm rulers who found it hard,but still kept their grip on power: 1.Gaddafi(Old Fuzzhead)was Africa's longest serving rulers with 42 years of autocratic and often bloody and eccentric power,now DEAD. 2.President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the tiny Central African oil-producing Equatorial Guinea with 32 years in power. 2.Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola also 32 years in power. 3.Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe 31 years in power. 4.Paul Biya of Cameroon 29 years in power. 5.Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso 24 years in power. Reasons why Democracy is better than most governments: 1.Democracy Leads to Liberty and Liberty is Good. 2.Liberal Democracies are Less Likely to Use Violence Against Their Own People. 3.Democracy Enhances Long-Run Economic Performance. 4.Democracies Hardly Ever Have Famines. 5.Democracy is Good for the International System by improving the lives of individual citizens. 6.Democracies Produce Fewer Refugees.

  • magomarele - 2011-10-24 16:52

    Zuma wield the axe. Hack them Zuma, hack them.

  • desmond.nair - 2011-10-24 16:52

    WOW! President Zuma has finally done something!

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-10-24 17:00

    Go Zuma! Nice to see a zero-tolerance reaction from Government because it means there is hope!

  • rlmbennett - 2011-10-24 17:19

    Give old JZ credit for taking the first step by firing these criminals. Now for the next step: Criminal charges. Any bets that this will happen?

  • SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-24 17:24

    "Change is good"... this change wasn't good for 3 mamparas

  • Robert - 2011-10-24 17:24

    Is Cele suspended on full pay?,

  • Keith - 2011-10-24 18:05

    At last Zuma has shown some courage in sacking these two Minister's who have squandered money which could have gone to help the pour of this country who still live on the bread line.

  • Utopian - 2011-10-24 18:26

    Well done, some action at last. Viva Madonsela! However, it will take much more than this to even dent the avalanche of public service corruption and incompetence. Have a look at Education, Mr. President, where once again all the paperwork is being redone without addressing the reasons why the previous paperwork was never implemented. Massive consultancy fees and salary account increases but no results.

  • Nico - 2011-10-24 18:37

    With all due respect. This process is repeating itself time and time again. They lead, they fill their pockets (tax payers money) and they get replaced (Farewell with a golden handshake, again tax payers money). New ones gets appointed and the process starts all over again. How many times have we seen this? Are the people of this country really that blind not to notice, or do they holding on to the dream that all is well. Wake up and smell the roses. What have we got to be grateful for? Living in fear, living with poor service delivery, getting murdered and robbed? Grateful for what? We pay taxes, they are not doing us any favours. Tax payers money pays their salaries (Or is suppossed to). They should get their heads out of the clouds and start doing their jobs. You know what jobs are don't you? Something you should do when you get paid to do it. Open your eyes man, look at the rest of africa, do you want to be in the same situation? Well, if things carry on like it is, we'll soon be there. I do not have a problem with anyone owning mansions, luxury cars and expensive stuff if it's bought with money they've earned in an honest manner (performing their duties as they should). Another thing, why do some think they are above the rest? Think they can do as they want to. Placing themselves above the law. Yes, bring back the death penalty and you will see a serious drop in extreme crime. SA jails are hotels. It's a joke. Convicts should do hard labour, not a free education.....

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-24 18:52

    I will remember Zuma for this. This could be the turning point we were waiting for. Thanks, Thuli. Good job, Mr. President.

      Nico - 2011-10-24 19:01

      Turning point? I think we are far from turning point. To be honest, I do not think there will ver be a turning point. I know this sounds negative but just look at the recent history (10 years or so).

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-24 19:21

    well done, now prosecute so they can pay for their crimes.

  • William - 2011-10-24 19:43

    just when are the voting public going to wake up and smell the roses??????

  • Craig - 2011-10-24 19:46

    The best thing about being a minister is getting suspended. - Mega bucks for years and years and you get to stay at home.

  • Erica - 2011-10-25 07:59

    My question is - What kind of monetary 'goodbye' package will the sacked ministers get?

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