Leaked list hints at president Cyril Ramaphosa’s major cabinet shakeout

The upcoming May 29 elections could usher in a new era for the cabinet, particularly if the ANC loses its majority.

The leaked list suggests that serving ministers, including senior officials, may not retain their positions, paving the way for younger politicians to take on key roles within the administration.

President Cyril Ramaphosa faces the challenge of selecting a revamped cabinet lineup, with a focus on introducing fresh faces and emerging leaders from the party’s ranks.

The leaked 200-candidate list indicates that the ANC has opted to include individuals implicated in state capture or corruption scandals, diverging from the recommendations of its integrity committee.

Despite concerns raised by the market, particularly regarding the retention of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana for fiscal discipline, the potential for a reshuffled cabinet remains imminent.

Notable shifts in the candidate rankings include Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo, positioned significantly higher on the list than Godongwana.

Similarly, the contrast between the rankings of Health Minister Joe Phaahla and his deputy, as well as the age disparities between International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor and her younger counterpart Alvin Botes, reflect the anticipated generational shift within the government’s leadership.

As Ramaphosa navigates the task of forming a new cabinet, the political landscape is further complicated by the possibility of coalition government dynamics in the event of a loss of majority.

The ANC’s call for an investigation into the leak of the candidate list underscores the sensitivity surrounding the impending changes in leadership.

The inclusion of individuals linked to state capture allegations, such as Gwede Mantashe, Zizi Kodwa, and David Mahlobo, among others, raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest and ethical considerations in the selection process.

Additionally, the prominence of former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on the list poses a potential dilemma for Ramaphosa, given the unresolved allegations surrounding the Digital Vibes tender scandal.

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