Ramatlhodi relieved to be out of Zuma’s Cabinet

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, former Cabinet minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he is relieved that President Jacob Zuma has removed him.

FILE: Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has told Eyewitness News he is relieved that President Jacob Zuma has removed him from his Cabinet, saying the country is at a crossroads.

In an exclusive interview with EWN, Ramatlhodi also indicated he found out about his axing on Friday morning.

Zuma announced changes to his Cabinet after midnight, axing five ministers, two deputies and announcing 10 new ministers and another 10 new deputy ministers.

The announcement triggered yet another plunge in the currency.

He says while he was not informed of the reasons for his axing, he doesn't take offence.

He says he is relieved to be out of Zuma's Cabinet, but remains hopeful.

“I’m relieved. I think we’re at a crossroads and I hope to keep in mind the interests of the country.”

Ramatlhodi has indicated he will go back to business, that he’s considering leaving Parliament and that he’ll focus on his role as an African National Congress national executive committee member.

In a late-night move on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma released a statement saying that he had decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)