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New State Security Minister to be sworn in on Wednesday

Bongani Bongo is the only one who'll be sworn in on Wednesday as all others, who've been moved to different portfolios, have already taken their oath of office.

New State Security Minister Bongani Bongo. Picture: parliament.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - Bongani Bongo will be sworn in as the country's new State Security Minister at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Wednesday.

He takes over from David Mahlobo whose been moved to the post of Energy Minister.

In his latest Cabinet reshuffle, President Jacob Zuma also axed Blade Nzimande as Higher Education Minister and replaced him with Hlengiwe Mkhize.

Bongo is the only one who'll be sworn in on Wednesday as all others, who've been moved to different portfolios, have already taken their oath of office.

Zuma's reshuffle has drawn criticism from all three members of the tripartite alliance.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says while it did receive a courtesy call from the president the fact that ineffectual leaders are staying put shows that the African National Congress must reflect on the overall performance of government.

Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said: “We’ve all been saying that while reshuffles are necessary to revamp and improve the capacity of government, we don’t think this one is genuine especially considering the fact that some of the most ineffectual ministers have been retained.”