South Africa: Jacob Zuma reshuffles cabinet once more

By on October 18, 2017

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet, adjusting six portfolios including the home affairs, state security, Energy and communications.

In a statement, Zuma said that after careful consideration he decided to make the changes to the National Executive.

The presidency said it had moved David Mahlobo, former minister of state security to the energy portfolio.

South Africa’s Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande has been axed as Minister of Higher Education‚ and replaced by Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize‚ who was Minister of Home Affairs.

Many see the move as punitive after Nzimande criticized the president.

Tuesday cabinet reshuffle is the second in seven months. In March, Zuma dismissed five ministers, including then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. The move sparked a lot of protests in support of the former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

President Jacob Zuma, has narrowly survived a motion of no confidence against him in parliament two months ago in attempt to unseat him after months of growing anger over allegations of corruption. The 75-year old leader has never been far from scandal since he became president in 2009.

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