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Talks on cabinet reshuffle anticipated today

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A senior NEC leader said officials would have to deliberate on the changes and inform alliance partners early this week

Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa is today expected to meet with ANC officials to discuss an imminent cabinet reshuffle.

Ramaphosa and the top six are also expected to consult ANC alliance partners – Cosatu and the SACP – about his planned changes to the cabinet before announcing them as part of strengthening fractured ties within the tripartite alliance.

The two organisations have continuously slammed former president Jacob Zuma for unilaterally changing his cabinet and firing ministers without consulting other leaders of the ruling alliance.

Ramaphosa is under immense pressure to fill the post for deputy president, which he left vacant after being elected the country’s president last Thursday.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen are all set to face the chop when Ramaphosa executes the clean-up he promised during his first State of the Nation Address.

Zwane is implicated in the Free State Vrede dairy farm corruption allegations, where the Gupta family and their allies illegally syphoned about R220million from the agriculture department, with R30m used to foot the bill for the Gupta family wedding in 2013.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is now tipped to head the Public Enterprises ministry, where he will be charged with ensuring the rescue of state-owned companies, which have been ailing due to mismanagement, bad governance and looting.

A senior NEC leader said officials would have to deliberate on the changes and inform alliance partners early this week.

“Some of these changes are obvious, but would have to be properly canvassed to ensure that, going forward we are not distracted by complaints of consultations as was recently the case.

“There is already general consensus that there would not be a better pick than comrade Pravin if we want to effectively clean the rot that the president alluded to in the Sona,” said the leader.

On Friday, Ramaphosa said he would make tough decisions to restore the health of SOEs some of which have been a target for state capture-linked corruption.

“Many of our state-owned enterprises are experiencing severe financial, operation and governance challenges, which has impacted on the performance of the economy and placed pressure on the fiscus. We will intervene decisively to stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises,” he said.

In his speech, Ramaphosa revealed that Gigaba went as far as suggesting that he targets the South African Revenue Services to restore its credibility, a move that could see Sars commissioner and Zuma ally Tom Moyane booted out.