JOHANNESBURG. — President Cyril Ramaphosa last night announced a Cabinet reshuffle after much pressure to reassess his executive members after a number of scandals.
Ramaphosa confirmed that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize resigned from his position.
Mkhize and his son, Dedane, were on a list along with 18 others who received payments from the company contracted for Covid-19 communications.
Some of the documents submitted by the Special Investigating Unit directly implicated the embattled politician.
“I am grateful to Minister Mkhize for his service, and particularly for the outstanding leadership he has provided in the face of the worst pandemic in over a century.”
Ramaphosa said Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was another Cabinet member who requested to leave his position.
“I have also accepted a long-standing request by Minister Tito Mboweni to be excused from his position as Minister of Finance.”
He said Mboweni effectively and ably steered National Treasury through extremely difficult economic times, adding that he was grateful for his service.
ANC economic policy chief Enoch Godongwana has emerged as the new finance minister after Mboweni’s request to leave the post was granted.
Urgency for changes to heads of ministries got worse after security cluster ministers were unprepared for the deadliest violence and looting to take place in democratic South Africa last month.
ANC national working committee members urged Ramaphosa to deal with the security ministers.
Ramaphosa has split the ministry of Water and Sanitation.
The ministry of State Security is now gone, with the State Security Agency falling under the responsibility of the Presidency. — EWN.