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BLADE Nzimande has been kicked to the curve as President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday reshuffled his cabinet.
The presidency announced the reshuffle via statement. In it, Zuma said he had given the reshuffle great consideration.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive: Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Mmamaloko Kubayi is the Minister of Communications, Mr David Mahlobo is the Minister of Energy, AdvBongani Thomas Bongo is the Minister of State Security and Mr Buti Manamela is the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training,” Zuma said in the statement.
Manamela will replace Mduduzi Manana who was removed from the position after assaulting a woman at a Fourways night club. Mkhize was currently the minister of Home Affairs while Dlodlo was in charge of communications.
Nzimande’s sacking does not come as a surprise as he has been very vocal in calling for the ANC to take action against Zuma.
Nzimande’s organisation, SACP has been criticizing Zuma since the revelations of State capture and his relationship with the Gupta family.
Zuma thanked those dismissed for their services.
“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,” Zuma said.