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Mthethwa: Redeployment not linked to Marikana

Nathi Mthethwa has been replaced as police minister by Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Former police minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says he doesn't believe his handling of the Marikana shootings in 2012 had anything to do with his redeployment.

Mthethwa has been replaced as police minister by Nkosinathi Nhleko and now assumes the role of Arts and Culture Minister.

He says he's not disappointed with his new role.

"There is no space for disappointment. When you are deployed you are deployed for five years and in my case, it has been slightly more than that. When the new government is constituted it's a new era."

Thirty four striking miners were gunned down in the North West mining town on 16 August 2012.

At least 76 miners were also injured in the shooting.

Ten others, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence in the days leading up to the shooting.

The Marikana standoff has been described as the bloodiest shootout in post-apartheid South Africa.

President Jacob Zuma, now in his second term in office, announced sweeping changes to his team of ministers and deputy ministers.

Zuma made his Cabinet announcement in Pretoria on Sunday evening.

The new Cabinet has 35 ministers, of which only 14 have managed to hang on to their portfolios.

Eight of Zuma's previous Cabinet members have been shown the door and another six have been demoted or moved sideways.

Thirty five ministers and 37 deputy ministers were sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday afternoon in front of dignitaries which included senior ANC officials and members of the Presidency.