Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South African president reshuffles cabinet again

South African president reshuffles cabinet again

The changes have been met by anger and confusion across the political spectrum, but are supported by Zuma's party allies in KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa's rand was a touch weaker in early trade on Wednesday, on the backfoot against a firming dollar and negative sentiment spurred by another cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma.

On Tuesday, Mantashe said the removal of Nzimande from his portfolio was a "pity", and would further deepen strained relations within the ANC-led tripartite alliance with the SACP.

The SACP said the sacking without consultation of its highest-ranking official in government placed the alliance "on the brink of disintegration", raising the possibility of a...

Nzimande has on several occasions called for Zuma to resign.

"Blade must man up. We are really happy [with his axing]‚" EFF leader Julius Malema said.

The president announced his 11th Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, which included moving ministers who started new portfolios less than 8 months ago. The DA's Mmusi Maimane characterised the shuffle as "the latest move in Zuma's war against anyone who".

Nzimande will be replaced by former Home Affairs minister Hlengiwe Mkhize.

The reshuffle saw Energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi being moved to the Communications portfolio and Zuma's trusted State Security minister David Mahlobo moved into her place.

During this year's first Cabinet reshuffle on March 30, Mkhize was spitting fire along with his fellow top six leaders in the ANC over the removal of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas from the finance ministry.

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