#Cabinet reshuffle - Ramaphosa really wants to clean up: Analysts

President Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet sees the return of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister and Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Public Enterprise.

Associate Professor for Public Law at UCT, Richard Calland, thinks the new cabinet is well balanced.

Read: President Ramaphosa's new Cabinet

I mean there hasn't been a change of government, the same party is still in power. It would be naive to think that there won't be a lot of ANC people in the cabinet...

Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law at UCT

Of course there are questions over David Mabuza being appointed as the Deputy President, with a cloud of scandals hanging over his head.

Calland says it seems Mabuza and Ramaphosa have an understanding which is "unity", a word they have been chanting since the ANC's elective conference in Nasrec.

Mabuza's appointment is important to ensure that there is unity within the ANC and that Ramaphosa gets support for all the big decisions he will be making, says Calland.

The fact is that, whether we like it or not and whether there is considerable question marks about his honesty, Mabuza is the deputy president of the ANC.

Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law at UCT

Political analyst Dumisani Hlophe says that Ramaphosa seems to have prioritised issues of good governance, performance as well as managing internal political issues in the ANC.

Bringing in Pravin Gordhan in Public Enterprise shows that the President is looking at doing some cleaning up with SOEs, says Hlophe.

Hlophe looked at other departments which saw new ministers being appointed at their helm like Department of Foreign Affairs and Water and Sanitation, which he says needed serious cleaning up.

He, (Ramaphosa) of course needed to appease the SACP because they were in the fore front of his elections. So Blade Nzimande when he was busy saying consult us, he was basically saying I am here.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

Even Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, I am not convinced that the new portfolio reflects her abilities... she will excel in a typical ministry where there is clear deliverables.

Dumisani Hlophe, Political analyst

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