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Vol 51 No 22

Published 5th November 2010

South Africa

Party unity trumps national reforms

To placate the one-time friends who have fallen out with him, the President reshuffles his hand of party cards

A second term in office is President Jacob Zuma’s main aim. To see that he gets it, his cabinet reshuffle on 31 October seemed designed to win allies within the governing African National Congress’s Tripartite Alliance, rather than to make his government more effective. Zuma sacked seven ministers, appointed 14 new deputy ministers and moved several others around. He intended to ‘work at a faster pace to change the lives of the poor’, he said, and his team had studied ‘what works and what needs to be changed or strengthened’.

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