Analyst: Cabinet reshuffle would be no surprise
According to Sunday reports, President Jacob Zuma intends on firing Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and replacing him with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say that a Cabinet reshuffle could worsen the state of South African politics.
According to Sunday reports, President Jacob Zuma intends on firing Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande, replacing him with presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Nzimande has been vocal about Zuma’s presidency, saying that his appointment was a mistake.
Political analyst Lesiba Teffo says Zuma is in a vulnerable state.
“The firing of [Pravin] Gordhan is likely to expedite his demise. The president is extremely vulnerable.”
Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleka says that a reshuffle would not be a surprise.
“We can never rule out the possibility of a reshuffle. With this said, the criteria that Zuma uses has never been revealed. The performance of a minister never seems to be an important criterion for him.”
During an ANC Youth League event in Cape Town earlier on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma sidestepped questions about her redeployment to Parliament.
She was not willing to discuss the issue and was ushered into the venue.
When asked if she knew anything about a looming Cabinet reshuffle, she responded: “I don’t know anything about that.”
Additional reporting by Kevin Brandt.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)