MINISTERS and ANC politicians were on communication lockdown on Thursday in the wake of the announcement that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had been axed.
Less than 24 hours after the announcement, speculation was rife that more ministers could soon be facing the chop.
According to a report, this included Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.
Davies, who was briefing reporters in Cape Town on Thursday, could not escape questioning. However, the minister would not be drawn into speculating if he would be one of the next ministers to lose their job.
“Ministers’ jobs are at [the] pleasure of [the] president,” he said.
“If and when [Zuma] makes the call, that’s when I’ll be able to talk about it.
“At the moment, I am still minister of Trade and Industry. I am doing the work of the ministry and it is business as usual for me.”
ANC leaders were also unreachable, with many of them turning their phones off.
The ANC sent out a short statement last Wednesday night, saying it respected the president’s decision.
“The president has exercised his constitutional prerogative to appoint a new minister whom we believe has what it takes to lead the ministry,” party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said at the time.
ANC alliance partners seemed to be unhappy with the decision.
Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been reassigned to the position of finance minister and Van Rooyen will be transferred to the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs which was held by Gordhan. — News24.