Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to unveil a new Cabinet “in a number of days”.
Speaking following Tuesday’s resignation of former deputy president David Mabuza as MP, the president’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya confirmed that there were “vacancies in the Cabinet. We also have a vacancy in the role of the deputy president”.
“There is a sense of urgency that the president fills those vacancies as soon as possible. In a matter of days that announcement will be made,” Mail and Guardian quoted Magwena as saying.
Magwena’s media briefing at the Union Buildings on Wednesday came just hours after the Presidency confirmed that Ramaphosa had accepted Mabuza’s resignation.
According to eNCA, Ramaphosa lauded Mabuza for his exceptional service to the country over the last five years.
The announcement of the “imminent” Cabinet reshuffle came as the Constitutional Court on Wednesday turned down Ramaphosa’s application to challenge Parliament’s report into Phala Phala, which found that he may have broken anti-corruption laws.
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The independent Section 89 panel, headed by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, had concluded that Ramaphosa might have a case to answer regarding the theft of money from Phala Phala, his Limpopo farm.
Ramaphosa had sought direct access to the apex court to overturn the findings of the report.
However, the ConCourt said no case has been made for exclusive jurisdiction, BusinessLIVE reported.
“No case has been made for exclusive jurisdiction or direct access and the main application was dismissed.
“Consequently, the application to intervene falls to be dismissed,” the report quoted the brief judgement.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu