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DA slams ANC's cabinet proposal

By unknown | Jan 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

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The ANC must not push for a cabinet reshuffle to settle their internal party battles, according to DA parliamentary leader Sandra Botha.

Botha's comments come in the wake of media reports that the ANC's national executive committee is pushing for President Thabo Mbeki to include the party's deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe in his cabinet.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that some party members were proposing that Motlanthe should be included as a possible second deputy president alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Botha was adamant that the latest move is yet another example of the negative effect of having two centres of power in the country.

"A change to the make-up of cabinet should set the tone for an improved administration by also looking at replacing some of the worst performers - the ministers of health, home affairs, communications and, given the current electricity problems, the minister of minerals and energy.

"Replacing these ministers with individuals more capable of inspiring public confidence is of far greater importance than juggling with the cabinet to ensure the dominance of any particular political faction," said Botha yesterday.


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