Another Zuma cabinet reshuffle: Blade Nzimande is fired

17 Oct 2017

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has announced another cabinet reshuffle which comes with the demotion of a key political actor in the ruling party, Blade Nzimande. The South African Communist Party general secretary, Nzimande has been fired as the minister of higher education and becomes a ordinary MP.

The full cabinet reshuffle statement issued by the presidency read as follows:

After careful consideration, I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive;
1 Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training
2 Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs
3 Ms Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications
4 Mr David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy
5 Adv. Bongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security
6 Mr Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training

I thank the former members of the National Executive for good service in their previous portfolios.

I wish the members who are assuming new portfolios all the best in their new responsibilities.

Issued by: The Presidency

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