A handful of Limpopo’s own are among the line-up of ministers and deputy ministers affected by a midnight announcement on a host of new appointments that brought an end to President Jacob Zuma’s pre-empted and much criticised Cabinet reshuffle.
Joe Maswanganyi, Member of Parliament and member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC), will serve as Minister of Transport. He will occupy the seat formerly held by Dipuo Peters.
Faith Muthambi, also from Limpopo, was moved from the communications portfolio to that of Public Service and Administration. Erstwhile Limpopo Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who used to serve in the position, counts among several casualties. Ayanda Dlodlo was appointed as Communications Minister after her former position of Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, was given to Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, who is also a product of Limpopo.
Rejoice Mabudafhasi, formerly Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture who also hails from Limpopo, counts among the casualties. Her position was entrusted to Maggie Sotyu, who had to make way for Bongani Mkongi as new Deputy Minister of Police.
Zuma’s sacking of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister has seen the inevitable plunging of the Rand. Gordhan was replaced by ex-Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. His old position was given to Hlengiwe Mkhize, who was Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The job of Gordhan’s then deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, was given to Sfiso Buthelezi.
In somewhat of a surprise move Zuma appointed Fikile Mbalula as the new Minister of Police. He replaces Nathi Nhleko, who will now be Minister of Public Works. His predecessor, Thulas Nxesi was slotted into the Sports and Recreation position.