Several ministers are expected to lose their job this week as President Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffles his Cabinet ahead of the budget speech. The president will meet the ANC national officials, including the Top 6 on Monday to continue talks of the new administration.
All eyes are on Ramaphosa as he chooses his deputy president, the seat in Parliament today was noticeably bare. An NEC leader has said that officials would inform alliance partners and deliberate on changes before any announcements are made.
Ministers expected to be shown the door include, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen.
During his first State of the Nation Address last week, Ramaphosa stressed that he would not tolerate corruption. Parliament is in session right now as MPs in the National Assembly respond to and debate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s very first SONA.
DA Party Leader Mmusi Maimane said, “On Friday night we all stood up to applaud the president after his State of the Nation Address and I’ll be honest with you, it felt good. It felt good to be a South African. We Have removed a corrupt and broken President. We must now fix this country and pledge our support for President Ramaphosa’s goals of building a better society.” He urged Ramaphosa to ‘do the right thing’ and remove ministers who aided state capture.
In his address, EFF party leader, Julius Malema congratulated Ramaphosa and said the EFF are giving him a chance because he has not been found guilty of being a constitutional delinquent. Malema warned Maimane that anyone who is opposed to expropriation of land without compensation is in conflict with what the people want and will be dealt with.
Malema said to Ramaphosa that the expropriation of land without compensation is something they will fight about with him.
Parliament sounding like high school assembly right now #SONADebate
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Mmusi Maimane on fire at the #SONADebate!?
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