Friday, August 06, 2021

Mixed reaction over new Cabinet

There was mixed reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's changes to his executive and opposition parties believe that he could have done better. 

Ramaphosa made massive changes to his Cabinet yesterday evening, appointing a new finance minister, new health minister and new defence minister among others.  He also did away with the intelligence ministry and split the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation into two. DA leader John Steenhuisen said the only small positive change in the Cabinet reshuffle was the departure of Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Steenhuisen did not welcome the folding of the state security portfolio into the Presidency, saying that the country's intelligence machinery should not rest in the hands of the president. 

The party said the ministers in the security cluster had to be removed from their positions due to the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

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