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Give the president space to reduce and align his cabinet - minister

Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele is one of the high-profile government figures taking part in this weekend's BCX SuperSport Shootout in the Cape winelands.

The event raises money for charity, focusing on organisations that upskill underprivileged young people.

Practising his golf swing, the minister took a moment to chat to Africa Melane about the event and about the important task facing President Cyril Ramaphosa as he decides on the selection and size of his new cabinet.

It's charities who win... It is that day we give back to our communities and deserving people.

Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs

Cwele says the president has been transparent about his plans for his new cabinet, which must implement what the people have voted for.

Read: Merging govt departments means a complex transfer of functions, says Maseko

I think the president has spoken. He wants to reduce the cabinet, he wants to align the cabinet.

Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs

I think he should be given space to do so because it is quite critical.... the key thing is going to be implementation.

Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs

The minister says this morning he woke to letters and comments from citizens, some complimenting the Department of Home Affairs, some complaining.

Work never stops.

Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs

That is what is good about Home Affairs, we tend to interact with citizens in bad times and in good times.

Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs

To hear more of this conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Give the president space to reduce and align his cabinet - minister


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