President Cyril Ramaphosa axed 10 ministers in his first Cabinet reshuffle. Some of the ministers axed were central in allegations of state capture, while some were staunch allies of former president Jacob Zuma.  Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Energy Minister David Mahlobo were all axed. State Security Minister Bongani Bongo, Department of Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko, Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi, Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi all did not make the cut. Zwane has been closely linked to the Gupta family and was Free State agriculture MEC when R220m in government grants were allegedly siphoned off to the Guptas and their associates in what is now known as the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal.

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