Changes have been made to the national executive.
President Ramaphosa announced the changes in an address to the nation last night.
Changes include the separation of the ministry of human settlements from the ministry of water
and sanitation and doing away with the ministry of state security and placing political responsibility for the State Security Agency in the presidency.
The president also announced the resignation of Zwelini Mkhize as health minister and Tito Mboweni as finance minister.
In terms of the separation of the ministry of human settlements from the ministry of water
and sanitation, the president pointed out that government decided that “water and sanitation should be a separate Ministry, which will enable a dedicated focus on ensuring that all South Africans have access to a secure and sustainable supply of this precious resource”.
As regards placing political responsibility for the State Security Agency in the presidency, the president indicated that this is to “ensure that the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services more effectively enable the President to exercise his responsibility to safeguard the security and integrity of the nation”.
New ministers include:
• The Presidency: Mondli Gungubele
• Communications and Digital Technologies: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
• Defence and Military Veterans: Thandi Modise
• Finance: Enoch Godongwana
• Health: Joe Phaahla
• Human Settlements: Mmamoloko Kubayi
• Public Service and Administration: Ayanda Dlodlo
• Small Business Development: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
• Tourism: Lindiwe Sisulu
• Water and Sanitation: Senzo Mchunu
The president also announced that a panel of experts is to be set up to examine all aspects of government’s security response and make recommendations on strengthening capabilities following the recent “orchestrated campaign of public violence, destruction and sabotage” in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.