Waiting game as country speculates over Ramaphosa's Cabinet

Speculation remains rife around who will make it into Cyril Ramaphosa's new cabinet.

On Sunday the Presidency issued a statement saying an announcement would only be made later this week.

Much of the discussions continue to focus on the role of deputy president.

Last week David Mabuza requested that his swearing-in as an MP be postponed until he had had the opportunity to meet with the integrity commission.

But political analysts say that doesn't rule him out altogether.

The University of Johannesburg's Mcebisi Ndletyana spoke to Cape Talk's John Maytham about the possible options open to the president.

What we know as of now is that DD Mabuza and Cyril are still in an alliance. There is no reason to think now that Mabuza has turned against Cyril.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor, Dept of Politics and International Relations - University of Johannesburg

One of the immediate challenges that Cyril is going to face will come from Lutuli House, from the ANC.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor, Dept of Politics and International Relations - University of Johannesburg

The ANC has self-destructive instincts, it's quite capable of eating up its own president.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor, Dept of Politics and International Relations - University of Johannesburg

Read: Ramaphosa has no choice but to appoint DD Mabuza as his deputy - analyst

Ndletyana says the smartest thing for the president to do would be to send Mabuza to Luthuli House and bring in Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in as his deputy.

You want to break your opposing faction. If you have her on board you are likely going to weaken them and you have ammunition against accusations from Jacob Zuma that you are out to get him.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor, Dept of Politics and International Relations - University of Johannesburg

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Waiting game as country speculates over Ramaphosa's Cabinet


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