JOHANNESBURG - The ink has hardly dried on President Jacob Zuma's new ministers' appointment letters, and already they are mired in controvery.
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.
Home Affairs: Ayanda Dlodlo
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.
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.
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.
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.
Student funding has been a big political issue in the past few years.