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Nene's return as Finance minister set to be broadly welcomed

South African President Jacob Zuma South African President Jacob Zuma
Nellie Chapman | 01 March, 2018, 20:46

The President appointed the ANC Deputy President David Mabuza as the country's Deputy President.

"We shared our sentiments with the president when he came to our NEC", said Nzuza.

South Africa on Tuesday cautiously welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa's sweeping cabinet reshuffle which put reformers into key economic posts but retained several scandal-tainted ministers to promote unity.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was assigned to the Public Enterprises Minister which is facing governance challenges.

Nhlanhla Nene will begin his second stint as finance minister, having originally been fired from the role in 2015. He was loath to rubber-stamp Zuma's plan to build more nuclear power stations for up to $100 billion, a project Ramaphosa has said South Africa can not afford.

Ndlozi said it was time that South Africans disabused themselves of the notion that the ANC would uphold constitutional principles when they clashed with party self-interest.

"The Cabinet reshuffle was a "trick" to accommodate all factions in ANC and its alliance partners", Northwest University's Prof. No one‚ with the best interests of South Africa today‚ could have Malusi Gigaba‚ Nomvula Mokonyane‚ Bathabile Dlamini as cabinet members and ministers. On Monday he took a first step by announcing he had fired 10 ministers and three deputies who served under his predecessor.

Former minister in the presidency for women and children, Susan Shabangu, is now Minister of Social Development, while Tokozile Xasa takes over as Minister of Sports and Recreation. Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, was assigned to the Energy portfolio, and former Africa Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma replaced Radebe. "So VAT increase, same size of #Cabinet".

David Mabuza, the deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, was named Deputy President of South Africa.

"This cabinet is a very carefully organized balancing act by Ramaphosa", said Prince Mashele, executive director at the Center for Politics and Research in Pretoria.

"I can say now that this matter needs to be attended to immediately, with the greatest of urgency", Ramaphosa told traditional leaders on the land issue at a meeting in parliament after he made changes to his cabinet on Monday night.

Gordhan, who was sacked by Zuma last March, was also reappointed to the cabinet, handed the key public enterprises department, which oversees around 300 state-owned firms, including loss-making South African Airways and cash-strapped power utility Eskom.

Earlier in the evening outspoken police minister Fikile Mbalula let the cat out of the bag on his twitter account, telling his followers that his bags were "packed", and changing his bio to the "former minister of police", later changing it back to "Minister of Police" as South Africans awaited the announcement.