The DA can trace its roots to a breakaway movement — the Progressive Federal Party formed by United Party MPs who broke away after the party voted against returning land to black people […] Recalling President before elections would have been disastrous:
Derek Hanekomwho was fired by Zuma, is back running tourism and Malusi Gagabawho relinquished the finance ministry, has been put back in charge of Home Affairs. An obvious posting for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who ran against Ramaphosa for the position of president of the African National Congress, would have been her former portfolio in international relations.
Instead she has become a minister within the presidency. The country is onto its eleventh minister responsible for energy since This time the post has gone to Jeff Radebe.
Each of the previous incumbents lasted an average of 2. In future the revolving door of ministers, directors-general and deputy directors general will need to end. Before then, there will be at least one more shuffle and pruning when, as Ramaphosa has indicatedthe cabinet and the number of state departments are cut back.
It is a rule of thumb in political science that the poorer a country, the bigger its cabinet. Politics, except under a dictatorship, involves negotiating trade-offs with those with whom you have to negotiate, not only with those you would like to have as your allies.
A winner only wins because he or she has formed a coalition of factions which outnumbers the rival coalition of factions. Ramaphosa had to do some fancy footwork.
Convention has it that the president and deputy president of the ANC serve as president and deputy president of the country. Making Dlamini-Zuma a minister within the presidency is clearly also a gesture of inclusivity to the anti-Ramaphosa faction.
Overall, Ramaphosa has a cabinet that forms a team he can work with, and that will help him assert his authority. As he said in announcing it: These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address.Find Thabo Leshilo of The Conversation's articles, email address, Business Report.
Agang SA director of communications Thabo Leshilo said that the country has made progress since but could have done more without the plague of corruption: “A lot more could have been achieved after almost 20 years of freedom, but for rampant government corruption”.
Jul 08, · The Conversation Africa’s politics and society editor, Thabo Leshilo, quizzed University of Cape Town law eesearcher Rudo Chitapi on the matter. . The SONA is meant to set out the government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead, which is the basis for executive action during that calendar year.
These objectives inform budget allocation and service delivery and they should affect the realisation of women's rights and impact on their social and economic position.
The Conversation's politics and society editor Thabo Leshilo asked political scientist Keith Gottschalk for his perspective. Is the new Cabinet fit for purpose - is it better equipped to do what. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will give his State of the Nation Address on February 11 to outline key government business for the year ahead.