Cabinet reshuffle: President Cyril Ramaphosa to make announcement at 9PM
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Durban - President Cyril Ramaphosa will reshuffle his cabinet on Thursday night after weeks of speculation in the wake of the recent riots and the scandal involving Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President in a statement said that Ramaphosa will make an announcement on changes to the national executive at 8.30pm.
“The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences,” the statement said.
President Ramaphosa has been under pressure to make changes to his cabinet in the wake of damning findings by the Special Investigations Unit into the Digital Vibes Scandal that saw Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize taking forced leave.
UPDATE: Time for the announcement is updated to 21h00. https://t.co/KRO1PVsLnA— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) August 5, 2021
Now with the findings by the SIU that directly implicating Mkhize and his family, Ramaphosa has been under pressure to axe his embattled Health Minister.
Observers also believe that Ramaphosa will make changes to his security cluster who many blame for the state’s failure to anticipate the recent violence and looting that came after President Jacob Zuma was jailed for contempt of court.
This story was updated to reflect the change in time of the president’s address.