President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, visiting vaccination sites in eKurhuleni, Gauteng to assess progress in SA’s vaccination programme. Picture: GCIS/ELMOND JIYANE
President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, visiting vaccination sites in eKurhuleni, Gauteng to assess progress in SA’s vaccination programme. Picture: GCIS/ELMOND JIYANE

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is considering a “reconfiguration” of his cabinet.

Ramaphosa, who addressed journalists after touring a Covid-19 vaccination site in Tembisa on the East Rand, said the reconfiguring of a cabinet was an “ongoing consideration by any president”.

“You look at how you deploy the people who you are working with and how you place those people to execute various tasks‚ so it is an ongoing process of evaluation and all that. So it's not something that we would say [is] a process that is outlandish; we continue to look at it‚” he said.

The president has been under pressure to replace some members of the cabinet to restore the nation’s trust. The calls come in the light of the recent unrest that gripped parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and seemingly contradictory statements made by some ministers — including police minister Bheki Cele‚ defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

At the weekend‚ the Sunday Times reported that a major shake-up of the country's security cluster — including the axing of ministers — was on the cards after the government’s poor handling of the recent riots that cost 330 lives and caused R50bn in damage to property and infrastructure.

A number of directors-general and ministers on Wednesday confirmed to Business Day that the president had spoke to them about reconfiguring government departments.

On suspended health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize‚ who faces serious allegations of wrongdoing involving the alleged looting of state funds by his close associate in a R150m contract awarded to Digital Vibes‚ Ramaphosa said he was yet to make a pronouncement.

“I have received the SIU report and there is some finalisation of certain aspects, which we're going to get. I am looking at it so allow me the time and space to look at that.”

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