Cosatu welcomes Ramaphosa's cabinet reshuffle

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has welcomed the latest changes to Cabinet.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday, the appointment of former telecommunications minister, Siyabonga Cwele as Minister of Home Affairs.

READ: Cwele heads up Home Affairs and Mokonyane at enviro dept in Ramaphosa reshuffle

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will now head the Environmental Affairs portfolio.

Ramaphosa has also merged the telecommunications and communications ministries, which will be headed up by Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Cosatu President Zingiswa Losi says it understands the circumstances surrounding the reshuffle. She has commended Ramaphosa for these changes.

Outside the Cabinet reshuffle, we have seen the confidence that the President has bestowed on young people in his Cabinet by ensuring that particularly women do right from being deputy ministers to being ministers. We want to congratulate in particular, Minister Stella Ndabeni for her appointment as minister.

Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu president

Asked about embattled Minister Bathabile Dlamini who has survived the reshuffle, Losi says while the organisation has stated its position on Dlamini, it respects Ramaphosa's prerogative to make the necessary changes.

We accept that it is the President's prerogative on how he is going to realign his Cabinet and also appreciating that since he has become the President of the republic he has managed to remove about 12 ministers.

Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu president

It is not only upon the President himself but the ministers themselves, those individuals implicated by this report should be able to do what Malusi and others have done and volunteer to step down.

Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu president

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Meanwhile Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says there is still widespread concern over some ministers continuing in Cabinet and that we may have to wait for next year's elections.

Certainly there has been widespread concern about the continuing in cabinet of Nomvula Mokonyane and Btahabile Dlamini. One would like to see at least those two people removed from Cabinet but the President has made it clear he is not going to act against those people for the moment.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary at Casac

We would like to see a reduction of the Cabinet itself but it seems like we are going to have to wait for the elections for that to happen.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary at Casac

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