Peter Bruce Columnist

People groaned when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his cabinet “reshuffle” a few days ago. It was arguably the most boring statement he has ever made. Basically he had two holes in the cabinet — environment minister Edna Molewa had passed away and home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba had resigned. On social media there was great expectation. The presidency actually announced in advance that the reshuffle was coming and it wasn’t made at midnight, as Jacob Zuma was wont to do. Who would go? Bathabile Dlamini, for sure. Nomvula Mokonyane too, no doubt. But, sadly, no. Ramaphosa was never going to launch what would have amounted to a full-on confrontation with the Zuma camp a few months ahead of an election. Instead he moved Siyabonga Cwele from telecommunications & postal services to home affairs. Then he collapsed the ministries of telecoms & post and communications into one and appointed a supporter, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, to run a new communications & telecommunications minis...

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