Ray Hartley Editor: BusinessLIVE

Is president Jacob Zuma abandoning his support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as his successor? Zuma announced changes to six cabinet portfolios in a surprise announcement on Tuesday morning. This followed growing speculation that he would appoint Dlamini-Zuma to the cabinet to give her access to travel and logistical resources that would improve her ability to campaign for the ANC presidency which will be decided in December. Dlamini-Zuma appeared to be going through the hoops, rejoining parliament as an MP, which is necessary if you are to be appointed to cabinet.But Zuma left her out altogether, choosing instead to elevate other loyal supporters to more senior portfolios. It has to be said that it is at the very least awkward that Dlamini-Zuma, a former International Relations minister and a leading contender for the ANC presidency, is a mere back-bencher in Zuma's eyes. Zuma did get rid of Blade Nzimande as minister of higher education, replacing him with Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. ...

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