Political analyst Livhuwani Ndou says Cyril Ramaphosa may have included certain people that he didn’t like in the reshuffle for the interest of unity in the African National Congress (ANC) and to cover some alliance partners.

This comes after the President has read out the new list of ministers on Monday night naming David Mabuza as deputy president, Nhanhla Nene as Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan as Public Enterprises Minister, in a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle.

He also named Bheki Cele as head the Police Ministry, Naledi Pandor as Higher Education Minister, Gwede Mantashe is Mineral Resources Minister and Lindiwe Sisulu heads International Relations.

“We should have expected something like this because at Nasrec the contestation between Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had people talking about the possibility of a split up group within the ANC to form a new party, so Ramaphosa doesn’t want to be seen as someone who does things by himself, he has to try his best to accommodate those that were seen to be not supporting him.”

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Second Deputy General of the SACP, Solly Mapaila, says the SACP thinks there has been a strategic intervention from the President, particularly to address people linked with state capture and they welcome his intervention.

Political analyst Khaya Sithole says he thinks that Ramaphosa appointing Mabuza as his deputy might be a dangerous move, instead he should have found a way of managing the Zuma exit that doesn’t leave him too exposed to the question of when will the NEC recall him.