South African president Jacob Zuma gestures as he hosts his Zimbabwean counterpart, President Robert Mugabe during the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission in Pretoria, South Africa October 3, 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has reshuffled his cabinet.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has been replaced by Hlengiwe Mkhize, former Home Affairs Minister.
Buti Manamela has been appointed her deputy.
Ayanda Dlodlo is now the Minister of Home Affairs, replaced by Mmamoloko Kubayi as Communications Minister.
State Security Minister David Mahlobo has been appointed Energy Minister with Bongani Thomas Bongo replacing him.
In a statement, Zuma said that after careful consideration he decided to make the following changes to the National Executive.
This is the second cabinet reshuffle this year.
In March, Zuma axed five ministers, including then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
Gordhan was replaced by Malusi Gigaba.
Other surprise shuffles included Fikile Mbalula’s move from Sport to Police with the controversial Faith Muthambi in charge of public servants.