Minister for Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini, has commended President Cyril Ramaphosa for being considerate in his Cabinet reshuffle.

Ramaphosa took over the presidency from former President Jacob Zuma in February.

Dlamini opposed Ramaphosa and supported a female candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference.

Reflecting on events before the Cabinet reshuffle, Dlamini says there was a huge campaign against her.

“He has tried his best to ensure that some of us are there even if there was a strong campaign against for instance Nomvula [Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane] and myself and people forgot about worse things that were done by others. Our sin to campaign for a woman candidate and then other things were left out.”

“The week running to the reshuffle, the campaign escalated and nothing was able to block the President from taking his decisions. So I think whatever we want to say, he has proved that he has two ears. Baba Gwala [Harry Gwala] taught me that a leader must have two ears because if you are a leader and you have one ear, you will end up destroying the whole organisation. And secondly, we all need to be given a chance,” explains Dlamini.