President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended his decision to retain minister Bathabile Dlamini in his cabinet, saying he used his “political judgment”, despite the Constitutional Court finding that she had lied under oath. The president has asked the Pretoria high court to not even hear a bid by the DA to challenge his decision not to fire Dlamini. The minister in the presidency in charge of women is also the president of the ANC Women’s League and holds considerable political power within the ANC. Critics say Ramaphosa elected to keep Dlamini in his cabinet to appease factions aligned to former president Jacob Zuma, ahead of the general elections. “Decisions as to whom to appoint and to retain in the cabinet are decisions of an essentially political nature, which, I respectfully submit, are not matters that are appropriate to be debated in court,” Ramaphosa said in his court papers. The Constitutional Court asked law enforcement authorities to investigate whether Dlamini should face crim...

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