PRETORIA, South African President Jacob Zuma has reshuffled his Cabinet, dropping Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande from the line-up and bringing in former Home Affairs (Interior) Minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, to replace him.
Other changes include the movement of former Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to Home Affairs and former Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to Communications.
Former Minister of State Security David Mahlobo has replaced Kubayi and Bongani Thomas Bongo is Mahlobo’s replacement while former Deputy Minister in the Presidency is the new Deputy Minister of Higher Education, replacing Mduduzi Manana.
Nzimande is the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), a member of the Tripartite Alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The SACP has been calling for Zuma to step down and his sacking could lead to a disintegration of the Tripartite Alliance, which was forged during the fight to end apartheid rule in the country.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK