South African Cabinet Reshuffle to be Announced Today (Not at Midnight!)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will at 15h00 today announce changes to the National Executive in a statement to media at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In a statement Thursday morning, the Presidency said these changes have been prompted by the passing away of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, as well as the recent resignation of disgraced Home Affairs Minister Malusia Gigaba.

Many social commenters have started listing their hit list of ministers they’d like to see removed… with Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini topping most people’s Wish List. Others say it will never happen – “He needs her, more than she needs him. He can’t afford to piss off the ANC Women’s League, especially before elections.” (Dlamini is leader of the league.)

South Africans have reacted with humour to the fact that this cabinet reshuffle is to be announced during mid-afternoon… after experiencing so many reshuffles, particularly during Jacob Zuma’s era, in the dead of night.

“What’s the rush? Couldn’t this wait till midnight?” joked one of many.

One responded that the timing is because Ramaphosa was today due to respond to the DA’s court challenge over the appointment of certain ministers.

WATCH the cabinet reshuffle live here: