Zille: Zuma's cabinet is too bloated

The DA leader is not overly excited about President Jacob Zuma’s new-look cabinet.

FILE IMAGE. Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille is not overly excited about President Jacob Zuma’s new-look cabinet. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says she is not overly excited about the new-look cabinet.

Among the new faces in government is Nhlanhla Nene, who has been promoted to Finance Minister, Jeff Radebe is the new Minister in the Presidency, while Michael Masutha will head the Justice and Correctional Services Department.

The new Police Minister is Nkosinathi Nhleko and Lynne Brown will take on the Public Enterprises department.

Zille says President Jacob Zuma's new cabinet is too bloated.

"Instead of being a lean and mean cabinet, where it would be good for government, he has massively expanded cabinet and that's not for efficiency or good governance sake, it's to replay lots of political debt and hold together the fracturing ANC."

But the DA leader adds she is happy Pravin Gordhan will be moving to the Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

"I couldn't be more delighted at Minister Gordhan, with his great reputation for efficiency - something that I have personally experienced - is going to be in Co-Operative Governance because that has been run extremely badly in the past."

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Meanwhile, the new Public Enterprises Minister says she feels overwhelmed about taking on, what she's called, a huge challenge.

Brown, who is a former Western Cape premier, is taking over the Department of Public Enterprises from Malusi Gigaba.

Gigaba has been re-deployed to head up the Department of Home Affairs.

Brown says, "Because we all knew there was a possibility for anyone to be a minister or a deputy minister, I sort of thought I'd better go and see what the president wants to tell me. I was a bit overwhelmed by it."

At the same time, the country has a new ministry in the economics cluster, one that's meant to take care of small businesses.

Before the president's cabinet announcement Lindiwe Zulu was Zuma's special advisor on international relations. Zulu has now been given the job of running this new department.

The new Minister of Small Business Development says she will do her best.

"I feel that it's a continued service to the people of South Africa and the focus on the economy is one of the most important areas that we need to focus on. I will give it my best shot."