President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce changes to the National Executive at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, at 15:00 on Thursday 22 November 2018.
On Thursday morning a statement was released. It announced that the imminent “have been occasioned by the passing away in September 2018 of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, and the more recent resignation of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba”.
Gigaba resigned as a Cabinet minister on November 13 amid various scandals, ranging from a leaked sex tape and being found to have breached the executive ethics code by lying under oath.
Endless Cabinet Reshuffles
The Institute for Race Relations reports that there have been 14 reconstituted National Executives since 10 May 2009. The average National Executivelasts 245 days (or 165 working days) until it is reconstituted. The longest lasted 540 days (or 372working days).
The shortest lasted just 5 days (or 3 working days). There are 8 National Executives that have lasted less than 200 working days and 4 that have lasted less than 100 working days.
There have been 164 changes made to the National Executive since 2009. A total of 94 changes have been made to ministerial positions (including 1 to the position of President) and 70 changes to Deputy Ministerial positions (including 2 to the position of Deputy President). In total, 129 people have served as either a Minister or Deputy Minister since 2009. Some 57 people who once served in either of those positions are no longer part of the National Executive.
By the time his second term started, Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet retention rate was just 28% (compared to 52% for former President Thabo Mbeki). Of the 64 members selected to the National Executive on 10 May 2009, 37 (or 58%) are no longer part of the Executive and only 7 (11%) retain their original positions.
Only 1 ministry — basic education — boasts an unchanged Minister and Deputy Minister since 2009. By contrast, the Ministry of Communications has had 8 different Ministers and 5 different Deputy Ministers (The average Communications Minister serves for 430 days or 294 working days before being reshuffled).