Sources say Ramaphosa meeting with ANC alliance partners amid reshuffle calls

Highly-placed sources in the alliance said on Thursday some leaders were already enroute to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa, where he is expected to discuss a Cabinet reshuffle.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in Tembisa on Thursday, 29 July 2021. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey-Makhaza/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands President Cyril Ramaphosa has requested a meeting with the African National Congress’s (ANC) top five leaders and alliance leaders, where he is expected to discuss his plans for a Cabinet reshuffle.

Ramaphosa has been expected to make changes to the executive for weeks now after he confirmed that such a move was in the workings when he told journalists to “watch the space” recently. Sources close to Ramaphosa have said that it could be an overhaul of the Cabinet.

Highly-placed sources in the alliance said on Thursday some leaders were already enroute to meet with Ramaphosa.

It is said that the president first informally introduced the subject of a possible reshuffle two days ago.
Ramaphosa consulted alliance partners - the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party - about the appointment of ministers and deputy ministers to lead different government departments since he was elected president - a departure from his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.

Ordinarily, the officials would have to stay at the Union Buildings where the meetings take place until after the announcement has been made.

Earlier, ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said the ANC top six had not been consulted about the changes as yet but they were ready to honour the president's call should he share the details with them.

Ramaphosa has been under pressure to make adjustments to his Cabinet for a while now, with pressure mounting when security cluster ministers were unprepared for last month’s the deadly violence and looting. ANC national working committee members urged Ramaphosa to deal with the security ministers.

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