Article by: Dumisane Dube
President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed his new Cabinet in a late night briefing at the Union Buildings in Tshwane on Thursday.
The reshuffle is after public criticism of a lacklustre response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, that left about 300 people dead.
Rampahosa announced that Tito Mboweni tendered his resignation, and he has appointed Enoch Godongwana as the new Finance Minister.
“I have also accepted a long-standing request by Minister Tito Mboweni to be excused from his position as Minister of Finance,” Ramaphosa said.
He said Minister Mboweni took up this position following the sudden departure of former Minister Nhlanhla Nene in October 2018.
“Since then, he has effectively and ably steered National Treasury through extremely difficult economic times, providing stability and instilling confidence,” added Ramaphosa.
According to the president Minister Zweli Mkhize also asked to be recused from his position.
“I have received a request from Minister Zwelini Mkhize to allow him to step down as the Minister of Health in order to bring certainty and stability to this important portfolio,” said Ramaphosa.
Former deputy minister of health Joe Phaahla is now the new Health Minister.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been booted out, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise takes her place.
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