Lobbying for Dlamini-Zuma's old job begins

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma incoming Chairperson of the AUC during a press conference. Picture: Jacoline Prinsloo/GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Lobbying for a replacement for the former Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has kicked off, following her election to the African Union Commission on Sunday. 

Dr Dlamini-zuma was elected first female AU Commission chairperson, which means she will have to relocate to Ethiopia where the AU is based. 

Government officials and ANC insiders have speculated that her appointment could prompt a fourth cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma.

Insiders said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is in the firing line, but as president of the ANC Women's League, Zuma will think twice about sacking her.

She is expected to be moved to a cabinet of less importance. 

However, Motshekga is confident she will remain in her post.

“I’m still minister of education and I’m looking forward to continue as minister of education.”

Deputy Minister of Public Works, Jeremy Cronin, is punted as a possible replacement as Home Affairs Minister.

He is widely seen as a competent minister. 

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa is also said to be considered for the position after a good job organising the COP17 conference last year.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)