Ramaphosa: Cabinet reshuffles harmful to SA’s image, causing instability

The Deputy President says what’s particularly worrying is that key government officials are being shuffled, creating further uncertainty in government.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma has caused instability in government.

Ramaphosa is speaking at a business meeting by the North West Chamber of Commerce underway in Potchefstroom.

The Deputy President says what’s particularly worrying is that key government officials are being shuffled, creating further uncertainty in government.

“There have been shifts on an ongoing basis to the point where the South Africa Institute of Race Relations released a report and said the instability with regard to the tenure Directors General, Chief Directors and key officials in government has weakened government effectiveness.”

Ramaphosa is himself reportedly in the firing line with claims that the president is planning to replace his number two

The presidency has denied the reports.

“It’s rumours and gossip and we don’t comment on them at all,” Zuma’s spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga told Reuters.

Answering questions in Parliament on Thursday about whether he might be sacked, Ramaphosa said he could not speculate on rumours.

On Thursday, the Deputy President said he would serve the country and its people even if Zuma fired him.

“And if the decision is to remove me, I will accept that as a decision that will have been taken by the president.”

Ramaphosa did not directly address reports that Zuma intends firing him on the basis of a dodgy intelligence report, insisting he serves at the pleasure of the president.

“I will continue serving the people of South Africa in one form, shape or another.”

Ramaphosa’s campaigning to become president of the ANC when it elects a new leadership in December, running a close-fold contest against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.