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Did Ramaphosa hint at Cabinet reshuffle?

Cyril Ramaphosa appeared to drop a hint at a gala dinner in Roodepoort on Monday night and Jacob Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday morning.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Less than 24 hours after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that ministers can be hired and fired according to the president’s wishes, the country is now digesting news of six major ministerial changes in President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet.

The president announced his eleventh Cabinet reshuffle earlier on Tuesday which included moving ministers who started new portfolios less than eight months ago.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress, Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party (SACP) say they were informed and not consulted about the latest reshuffle.

Ramaphosa appeared to drop a hint at a gala dinner in Roodepoort on Monday night.

“You remind me of another minister who lost his job. These ministers lose their jobs now and again you know.”

Gwede Mantashe says he’s sad to see Nzimande go.

“It’s a pity that he has been removed, he has done well.”

The SACP says Nzimande has been given at least two days to process his axing.

Cabinet reshuffle

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