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Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel sworn in as MP before Cabinet revamp

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel sworn in as MP before Cabinet revamp
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg)

Patel’s appointment gives President Cyril Ramaphosa more flexibility when it comes to reshuffling his executive.

Under South African law, the President can name two people who aren’t members of Parliament to his Cabinet. Those positions were occupied by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, who was made a legislator last week, and Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, who was sworn in on Monday.

Pemmy Majodina, the ruling ANC’s chief whip in the legislature, confirmed Patel’s swearing-in. 

The changes suggest that Ramaphosa will retain both Godongwana and Patel as ministers when he announces changes to his Cabinet at 7pm on Monday, and assign one or two posts to people who aren’t members of the National Assembly.

Read in Daily Maverick:Save the date – Cabinet reshuffle to be announced on Monday 7pm, says Ramaphosa’s spokesperson

Among the positions Ramaphosa has to fill is that of deputy president, after David Mabuza resigned last week. That role is traditionally given to the ANC’s deputy leader, a post occupied by Paul Mashatile.

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The President is also expected to name a new electricity minister, who will be tasked with overseeing the government’s response to an energy crisis that’s led to record rolling blackouts. Among those considered for the position are Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, who heads up the infrastructure department in the Presidency and isn’t in Parliament.

Ramaphosa also needs to fill a vacancy in the public service and administration ministry, and name a replacement for Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is now the ANC’s secretary-general. DM/Bloomberg

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  • Cape Doctor says:

    (With apologies to Jeremy Taylor)
    Ag pleez Cyril
    Will you shuffle up your cabinet
    Make some decisions which will help us all
    We really need some honest guys
    Instead of all those crooks and spies
    Who sit in our Parliament
    Doing f-k all.
    (Work in progress….)

  • Caroline de Braganza says:

    For some reason, I couldn’t reply to Cape Doctor – just wanted you to know your Jeremy Taylor parody was brilliant!

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