President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has rejected rumors making the rounds on social media that the nation’s Cabinet has been reshuffled.
Zuma, who swiftly dismissed the incipient rumor, also strongly condemned the malicious dissemination of the baseless information by some people; who, he said do not have the interests of the country at heart.
President Jacob Gedlevihlekisa Zuma Downplays The Rumour
The statement issued on behalf of President Zuma by Presidency spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga reads:
“The Presidency has been alerted to a list of names;which is circulating on social media which is reportedly a new list of ministers and deputy ministers to be appointed in an apparent cabinet reshuffle.
The list is unknown to President Jacob Zuma. It is clearly the work of mischievous people who want to sow confusion and uncertainty.
President Zuma strongly condemns this malicious dissemination of untruthful information by people who do not have the interests of the country at heart.”
President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma reshuffled his cabinet last in December 2015 when he displaced former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with Des van Rooyen.
Meanwhile, the said cabinet reshuffle list contained the names of Blade Nzimande‚ rumoured as the new Minister of Home Affairs‚ Faith Muthambi as Minister of Public Works‚ Des Van Rooyen as Minister of Economic Development‚ Ayanda Dlodlo as Minister of Communications‚ Ebrahim Patel as Minister of Labour and Senzo Mchunu as Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries.
Other changes found on the list include: Lulu Johnson rumoured as Minister of Arts and Culture; Minister of Tourism‚ Siyabonga Cwele; Minister of Public Service and Administration; Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize; Minister of Basic Education‚ Thulas Nxesi; Minister of Human Settlements‚ Bathabile Dlamini; Minister of Cooperative Governance‚ Thabo Manyoni; Minister of Environment‚ Makhosi Khoza and Minister of Transport‚ Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Malusi Gigaba for Minister of Higher Education; Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services as Ngoako Ramatlhodi‚ Minister of Social Development as Khensani Kubayi‚ Minister of Defence and Military Veterans as Nathi Mthethwa‚ Minister of Public Enterprises as Doris Dlakude and Minister of Trade and Industry as Lindiwe Sisulu.
The final speculated changes are; Lindiwe Zulu as Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant as Minister of Small Business Development and Minister of Water and Sanitation for Msebenzi Zwane.