CABINET RESHUFFLE LEAVES DURBANITES SCEPTICAL
By: Talent Buthelezi
President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet yet again, making it the fourth time in his five year presidency term.
He announced the new cabinet members at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Having demoted and interchanged a few positions and members, Durban residents are left sceptical about the future of the nation.
“The ANC government has failed us,” said Mpilo Mthethwa. “President Jacob Zuma keeps reshuffling the cabinet but quite frankly corruption is a major issue of concern in South Africa. The ANC is under a lot of pressure with only a few months left for the 2014 elections. The government are trying too hard to convince the general public to vote the ANC, but it is too late these changes are pointless.”
Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Communications Minister Dina Pula were fired by the president.
Ntombikayise Mlotshwa, a grade 8 teacher, said, “It is really shocking to know that the president didn’t fire Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Motshekga has been surrounded with a lot of controversy in the past months and seems to be letting down the education system, more especially education in the Eastern Cape, but justice isn’t being done.”
After much debate about Zuma not firing Motshekga, the South African Democratic Teachers Union’s General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi said, “We considered that our call for Minister Angie Motshekga’s resignation would be taken into consideration due to her underperformance.”
Nokwanda Phewa, a 21-year-old student said, “I am happy that Dina Pule was fired. Her recent fraud corruption scandals brought about a negative image towards the ANC. The president is making changes for the best interest of the nation and for the ruling party.”
The president did not address the nation as to why these changes were made.
According to the Mail & Guardian, the presidency has stated that Jacob Zuma does not need to provide reasons for his Cabinet reshuffle choices.