Following the recent media reports about an alleged imminent SA Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, the Presidency has dismissed the report as a seed of division and uncertainty.
According to the statement issued by the Presidency, the media report was a mischievous one which was “clearly designed to sow division‚ uncertainty and confusion”.
The Presidency quoted a media report that reported that President Jacob Zuma was making plans to make some changes in the SA Cabinet which will include removing from Cabinet the Minister in the Presidency‚ Jeff Radebe‚ Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel‚ Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies as well as Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.
However, the Presidency made it clear that the main focus of the president of South Africa is to put into action, the ideas generated from the State of the Nation Address and its debate in the Parliament and implement the fiscal programme as it is outlined in the Budget speech presented by the Finance Minister Gordhan.
“The President’s current focus is to implement the programme of action arising from the State of the Nation Address and the fiscal consolidation programme outlined in the Budget Speech.”
Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola made it clear that all the members of the SA Cabinet and their various departments have been charged with the task of focusing on the outlined programme and avoid any distractions.
“All Ministers and Departments have been directed by the President to focus on this programme of action‚” said spokesman Bongani Majola.
He also added that “The attempts to divert them and cause unease and uncertainty within the national executive of government is rejected outright.”
Such false and misguided reports from the media could cause chaos and distractions in the course of working towards moving the country forward.