Zuma rejects 'outright' reports of a Cabinet reshuffle

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South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gestures while answering a question during his press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on May 29, 2012.

PRETORIA - The Presidency on Sunday refuted reports that a Cabinet reshuffle is imminent.

The Independent newspaper said President Jacob Zuma is planning to remove the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande from his Cabinet.

"The report is mischievous and is clearly designed to sow divisions, uncertainty and confusion,&39; the Presidency said in a statement.

"The president’s current focus is to implement the programme of action arising from the State of the Nation Address and the fiscal consolidation programme outlined in the Budget speech. All ministers and departments have been directed by the president to focus on this programme of action.

"The attempts to divert them and cause unease and uncertainty within the national executive of government is rejected outright by the president."

But a Cabinet shuffle was also raised by the SA Communist Party on Thursday. The party said it had reliable information that another “Gupta-inspired Cabinet shuffle” was imminent, with its executive member, Davies, to be one of those replaced.

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