#CabinetReshuffle not about strengthening government: Cosatu

President Jacob Zuma File photo: ANA

President Jacob Zuma File photo: ANA

Published Oct 17, 2017


Johannesburg - Cosatu says its concerned that President Jacob Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle has got nothing to do with strengthening governance, as some incompetent ministers have survived the axing. 


The labour federation said cabinet members such as Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane have not been removed. 



“Cosatu expects cabinet reshuffles to be about strengthening the capacity of government in order to help government to better implement its developmental agenda and deliver on its promises. We are not convinced that this reshuffle is informed by that , considering that some of the most ineffectual ministers like Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, and Minister Mosebenzi Zwane are still part of the National Executive,” said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.


President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday morning making six cabinet changes which saw the firing of former Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. 


The move to remove Nzimande has angered the ANC's alliance partner, the SACP.

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The party has called the move "factional". 


Cosatu said it was called on Tuesday morning by Zuma informing its leaders of his decision. The federation, which is in an alliance with the ANC, said it was concerned at the frequency of the Zuma's cabinet reshuffles. 


The last cabinet reshuffle took place in May and saw the axing of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. 


“We find the frequency of these cabinet reshuffles unsettling because they do not help to create the much needed stability at a government level.”


"These recent cabinet reshuffles have done very little to help take the National Democratic Revolution forward. We call on the African National Congress to reflect deeply about the state of the economy and the overall performance of its government," said Pamla.


Meanwhile the SACP said it was sure that Nzimande’s removal is linked to calls by Costau and the party for Zuma’s removal. 

Political Bureau

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