Zuma repositions himself ahead of 2014
10 July 2013, 14:04
Pretoria – With
less than a year to go to the 2014 elections, President Jacob Zuma has axed
tainted allies and ousted Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.
Sexwale, a long-time big-hitter in the ANC, was said to
be part of the “Forces of Change” which resisted Zuma's re-election as ANC
president at the elective conference in Mangaung last year.
Sexwale has long been tipped as a potential leader of the party. He was replaced by ANC MP Connie September.
"Twenty years of democracy have changed the face of
our country, and the last five years have pushed that change forward,"
He thanked Sexwale and embattled Communication Minister
Dina Pule and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi who also lost their
Pule was replaced by Co-operative Governance Deputy
Minister Yunus Carrim.
She has been embroiled in a battle with the Sunday Times
about reports on allegations of corruption.
At a media briefing in April, she alleged that the Sunday
Times was staging a smear and blackmail campaign against her.
In the newspaper's reports, she was accused of giving
tenders to a boyfriend, meddling in tender processes, and interfering in the
appointment of officials to the boards of state-owned enterprises.
Baloyi, who has been an MP since 1999, was replaced by
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Lechesa Tsenoli
Meanwhile, the ministers of energy and transport traded
After just a year as transport minister, Ben Martins
becomes the new energy minister, swapping portfolios with Dipuo Peters.
But the biggest surprise may have been the ministers who
Labour unrest had put Agriculture Minister Tina
Joemat-Pettersson under fire.
The deaths of 15 South African troops in the Central
African Republic (CAR) had raised speculation about Defence Minister Nosiviwe
A leadership position within the ANC Women's League
appears to have been enough to save Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga,
despite a scandal that left kids in one province without textbooks for a year.
Zuma also announced the appointments of four new deputy
According to Sapa ANC MP John Jeffrey was appointed as deputy minister of
justice, taking over from Andries Nel, who takes up the position of deputy
minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.
Another ANC MP Michael Masutha was appointed deputy
minister of science and technology, a position that was vacated last year, with
the appointment of Derek Hanekom as minister of science and technology.
Hanekom replaced Naledi Pandor, who was made home affairs
minister, following the appointment of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as African Union
MP Pamela Tshwete was appointed deputy minister of rural
development, following Carrim's appointment as communication minister.
Zuma said the new ministers and deputies would be sworn
in on Wednesday.