Pres Ramaphosa beefs up security cluster at his long awaited cabinet reshuffle

An academic Enoch Godongwana has been appointed minister of Finance, during last night’s cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa.

Godongwana is a former deputy minister of Economic Development and currently is the ANC’s head of policy and economic transformation.

So, the market and investors should not be jittery, the man tasked with SA’s budget knows his story, a forte, if you may.

He replaces the long serving and outspoken Tito Mboweni, who has long asked for ‘relieve of duties’ for sometimes now. Mboweni will go and bask in the sun at his famous spot Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, as he prepares his ‘colourful cuisines’.

Ministers full list:

  • The Presidency: Mr Mondli Gungubele
  • Communications and digital technologies: Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
  • Defence and military veterans: Ms Thandi Modise
  • Finance: Mr Enoch Godongwana
  • Health: Mr Joe Phaahla
  • Human settlements: Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi
  • Public service and administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo
  • Small business development: Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
  • Tourism: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Water and Sanitation: Mr Senzo Mchunu

Dr Zweli Mkhize, former health minister, tendered his resignation after being alleged to have been involved in the Digital Vibes multi-millions rand irregular deal.

Deputy ministers list is as follows:

  • The Presidency: Ms Pinky Kekana will come in as a second deputy minister
  • Agriculture, rural development and land reform: Ms Zoleka Capa
  • Communications and digital technologies: Mr Philly Mapulane
  • Co-operative governance and traditional affairs: Ms Thembi Nkadimeng
  • Health: Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo
  • Mineral resources and energy: Dr Nobuhle Nkabane
  • Public service and administration: Dr Chana Pilane-Majake
  • Small business development: Mr Sdumo Dlamini
  • Transport: Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga
  • Water and sanitation: Ms Dikeledi Magadzi

Zizi Kodwa is appointed as deputy minister in the Presidency responsible for state security. 

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be deployed to a new position.

“As part of the critical measures we are undertaking to strengthen our security services and to prevent a recurrence of such events, I am appointing an expert panel to lead a thorough and critical review of our preparedness and the shortcomings in our response,” says Pres Ramaphosa.

The members of the panel are:

  • Prof Sandy Africa, as chair;
  • Adv Mojanku Gumbi; and
  • Mr Silumko Sokupa.

The panel will examine all aspects of our security response and will make recommendations on strengthening our capabilities.

Dr Sydney Mufamadi, has been appointed as National Security Adviser.

Meanwhile, former Pres JG Zuma has been admitted at prison’s hospital for routine medical check-up.

This was confirmed by both the department of correctional services and JZ Foundation.

“No need to raise the alarm”, said the Foundation in a media statement.

Image (An academic Enoch Gondongwana is the new minister of finance).

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