In another not-so-surprising overnight cabinet reshuffle, President Jacob Zuma has fired the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.
Nzimande was replaced by Hlengiwe Mkhize who was the home affairs minister is joined by Buti Manamela as department deputy. The deputy minister position was left vacant after Mduduzi Manana resigned in August. Assualt charges were laid against Manana and after public outcry, Zuma told Manana to either resign or get fired.
A recent move to swear in Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as a member of parliament sparked rumours that Zuma was about to rock the boat in his cabinet. Speculation has been rife for months now that Nzimande would be ousted but he survived the March reshuffle that resulted in Pravin Gordhan, Mcebisi Jonas and Derek Hanekom getting axed.
Other ministerial changes to the cabinet this time around, include a move from communications to home affairs for Ayanda Dlodlo, a move to communications from energy for Mamaloko Kubayi and a move to energy from state security for David Mahlobo. Bongani Bongo is the newly appointed Minister of State Security.
Bongo is a sitting member of parliament from Mpumalanga who was on the Justice and Correctional Services Committee, ad hoc committee on party political funding and served on the Defense and Military Veterans Portfolio Committee.