Why Mkhize's deputy can't take over as health minister: how acting appointments work for ministers

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
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Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla might have the capacity to act as health minister, but he doesn't qualify to do so, according to acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

During a briefing with journalists on Thursday, she told journalists that deputy ministers were not part of the Cabinet and could therefore not act as ministers. 

She said:

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