The recently – elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new cabinet, naming Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, wife of beleaguered former President Jacob Zuma, minister for the Presidency.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the immediate former African Union chairperson who contested and lost to Ramaphosa for the African National Congress (ANC) presidency in December last year, will be responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency.
President Ramaphosa announced a total of 30 changes to minister and deputy minister positions after the graft-tainted Zuma was forced to resign by the ruling ANC party earlier this month.
“In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation,” Ramaphosa said, reading a brief televised statement.
Other notable appointments by Ramaphosa include that of David Mabuza as Deputy President and Nhlanhla Nene, who was sacked by former president Zuma, bouncing back as finance minister.
Ramaphosa, 65, is a former trade unionist who led talks to end apartheid in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.