Following his Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, many people have questioned why President Cyril Ramaphosa chose to keep the controversial Bathabile Dlamini in his Cabinet.
According to deputy editor at Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, it was a strategic move on the part of the president.
Cyril Ramaphosa is buying the support of the Women League by appointing Bathabile Dlamini for the support of the elections next year.— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor at Financial Mail
Another aspect to this is that Ramaphosa has been too happy to let courts fire his ministers for him, he wouldn't dirty his hands with people like Bathabile Dlamini ...— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor at Financial Mail
He says this is a similar reason why Nomvula Mokonyane is still part of the Cabinet despite costing the state billions when she was still minister of Water and Sanitation.
However speaking to Kieno Kammies on Friday spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Khusela Diko, could not offer explanations as to why the president decided to keep these two ministers despite an outcry to have them removed.
She says the President does not divulge the details of who he chooses to be part of his of his Cabinet but hinted that he may still take action against Dlamini who's tenure as social development minister was plagued by scandal.
The president said that this does not mean he is not intending to act against minister Dlamini, he is aware of the court judgement and he takes it very seriously and he is applying himself in terms of what to do in this situation— Khusela Diko, Spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Did Ramaphosa miss an opportunity to oust Dlamini from Cabinet?