New cabinet ministers already mired in controversy

File: The ink has hardly dried on President Jacob Zuma's new ministers' appointment letters, and already they are mired in controvery. Photo: REUTERS / Fred Dufour

JOHANNESBURG - The ink has hardly dried on President Jacob Zuma's new ministers' appointment letters, and already they are mired in controvery. 

READ: Cabinet reshuffle: Meet the new ministers

Higher Education: Hlengiwe Mkhize

Former Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize was accused of trying to settle her son’s R1 million legal dispute with the department, according to court documents by suspended director general Mkuseli Apleni.

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Home Affairs: Ayanda Dlodlo

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The new Home Affairs Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo has been linked to the controversial Gupta family through email leaks. It is alleged that Gupta-owned Sahara Computers paid for her 2015 luxury hotel stay in Dubai.

Communications: Mmamoloko Kubayi

Mmamoloko Kubayi inherits a department that has its hands full, mainly due to troubles at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which has suffered a huge financial losses as well as major leadership issues in the public broadcaster. Digital migration is another major hurdle the department needs to sort out.

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Energy: David Mahlobo

Former State Security Minister, David Mahlobo in 2016 found himself in controversy after a self-confessed rhino poacher boasted about having links with the minister. A known ally of President Jacob Zuma, analyst believe Mahlobo has been brought in to wrap up South Africa’s nuclear ambitions.

READ: We knew about Vuwani a year before, says Mahlobo

State Security: Bongani Bongo

The little-known lawmaker is the biggest winner of the Cabinet reshuffle and has served in the a provincial executive committee as well as the ANC Youth League. State Security has come under scrutiny for dragging its heels in investigating the so-called Gupta leaks.

READ: ANC can't investigate state intelligence services: Ramaphosa

Higher Education: Buti Manamela

Buthi Manamela is no stranger and has played a particularly massive role in youth politics in South Africa. One of the biggest issues he will have to deal with is the #FeesMustFall movement, should it again resurrect this year.

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Student funding has been a big political issue in the past few years.


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