Ramaphosa to announce new Cabinet at 20:30 as Mkhize resigns

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. (GCIS)
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Zweli Mkhize has resigned as health minister on Thursday as President Cyril Ramaphosa was preparing to axe him from cabinet.

This as the Presidency confirmed that Ramaphosa will announce changes to his executive at 20.30 on Thursday.

News24 understands that at least four cabinet ministers will face the chop in the shake up to the national executive.  

Two reliable and well-placed sources said Mkhize submitted his resignation amid mounting evidence against him related to an irregular communication tender with Digital Vibes.

Mkhize’s resignations comes at the eleventh hour, as Ramaphosa called ANC and alliance leaders for a meeting to finalise changes to his executive.

"He spoke to the president and offered his resignation and then sent a letter," the source said. 

Mkhize previously responded to the SIU report implicating him, giving an explanation to Ramaphosa in response to the accusations against him.

Mkhize is said to have personally benefitted from the R150 million irregular tender. New information reveal his son Dedani Mkhize benefitted millions. 

On Thursday afternoon, Ramaphosa convened a meeting with ANC and alliance leaders ahead of an imminent reshuffle of his executive. 

News24 understands that the president called for an in-person meeting with leaders of the ANC, SACP and Cosatu for consultations on his changes - as per ANC tradition. 

Ramaphosa was expected to make notable changes for the first time since he appointed his executive in June 2019. 

READ | ANC top six not yet called about imminent Cabinet reshuffle - Duarte

Two sources with knowledge of the meeting said Ramaphosa was due to consult his allies ahead of a public announcement. 

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