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Carrim's removal met with scepticism

President Zuma made sweeping changes to his Cabinet for his second term in office.

Former Communications Minister Yunus Carrim. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being raised on Monday afternoon over the removal of Yunus Carrim as communications minister.

The move was met with warnings that it could delay several key projects.

President Jacob Zuma announced his new Cabinet on Sunday at Tshedimosetso House in Hatfield, Pretoria, a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings.

The president announced changes to the ministry, which will now be responsible for overarching communication policies and publicity as well as branding the country.

The new department will oversee the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), Brand South Africa and the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

Former state security minister Siyabonga Cwele will head the department, which will now be called the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Tech Central's Duncan Mcleod says the appointments are concerning.

"It's going to take many months before we have real clarity on how these two new departments that have emerged are really going to work together on some of the important issues."

Political analyst Richard Calland says government will have a tough time convincing people of the ministry's good intentions.

"I think the government is going to have a tough job convincing people of its bona fide [good faith] and convincing people that this is really about delivering a clear message rather than trying to control other people."

University of the Witwatersrand Professor Susan Booysen also questioned the move.

"It can be sinister in that one could see the coordination of communication as control."