President Jacob Zuma's second term began in earnest on Sunday evening as he announced a new, rather swollen, Cabinet with 35 ministers. GREG NICOLSON looks at some of the characters and changes in Zuma's juggling act between the quest for radical socio-economic change, inclusive growth and political realities/necessities.
Provincial Politics Goes National
David Makhura's appointment as Gauteng Premier was a win for the provincial ANC last week over Zuma's reported favourite for the post, the incumbent Nomvula Mokonyane. But it came at a price. Paul Mashatile, ANC Gauteng Chairman, was dropped from Cabinet and lost his Arts and Culture Ministry to former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Mokonyane, meanwhile, is moving to Cape Town to head the Ministry of Water and Sanitation. Zuma, it seems, had one favour for Gauteng, where he's been booed and where the ANC lost a large amount votes, and used it on Makhura.
The ANC's Western Cape leader Marius Fransman also led an unsuccessful attempt to claw back votes in the province and is no longer in Cabinet. Zuma instead decided to give a deputy minister position to Fransman's rival and former ANC Western Cape leader Mcebisi Skwatsha, who's now one of the two Deputy Ministers...