15 March 2019

South Africa: Will the Ministers of Capture Get Into Ramaphosa's Next Cabinet?

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The three Cabinet ministers who symbolise the era of State Capture are back in prominent positions on the ANC's electoral lists -- does this mean they will make the cut on to President Cyril Ramaphosa's executive after 9 May?

Is there a link between the party's lists and the appointment of a new Cabinet, the powerhouse structure in national government?

"None whatsoever," says a senior ANC official who spoke to Daily Maverick on condition of anonymity. To assume an appointment based on a position on the lists is "neither a reasonable nor a legitimate expectation", said the official.

ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule on Wednesday confirmed that the two serving and one former Cabinet minister are in top positions on the party's electoral lists. The three, along with former president Jacob Zuma, are synonymous with the State Capture story. Zuma himself reportedly turned down an electable position on the lists.

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