PETER BRUCE: Post-election power deals and skeletons in the cabinet
So, Cyril Ramaphosa will be inaugurated at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. It’s cheaper than the Union Buildings and just down the road. Once that’s done, what normally happens quite quickly is that the president names a new cabinet.
Ramaphosa has promised to cut the one he inherited from Jacob Zuma to 25 from 35. A US president has 15 “ministers”. Just saying.
Still, that’s all good, if he does it. Obviously, the public wants to see him keep his promise not to bring corruption-tainted people back into government. For the moment people such as Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane are going back to parliament, having been put on the ANC’s list. But wait a bit. Both Bathabile and Nomvula have a call to make. Chances are they won’t be in Ramaphosa’s new cabinet. And the moment they’re not, they become just ordinary MPs. So do they pull themselves off the list now and retire as ministers on a ministerial pension or as mere MPs? These are two really greedy ladies. I think there may be more to come. Who knows. After elections there’s this sort of interregnum where nothing but speculation happens. It’s quite fun. I wrote a column for Business Day the other day about a friend telling me he’d been asked by the EFF to ask the DA if they’d be interested in an “arrangement” in Gauteng if the ANC lost the province (which they didn’t). The DA was ver...