Adriaan Basson: This is a President desperate to show he is still in control

Tuesday proved to be quite an eventful morning in South African's political landscape.

Consultancy firm, McKinsey announced it would suspend all work for state-owned companies until further notice. Then President Jacob Zuma announced the much-anticipated members to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board three weeks after the deadline then proceeded to make changes to the Cabinet in a reshuffle.

Adriaan Basson, editor at News24 provides an analysis of what all this means for South Africa.

Basson says the move by McKinsey was surprising considering their silence on the Eskom and Trillian controversial contracts.

They've suspended their South African boss and pulling the plug on all contracts with SOEs but we've seen Corruption Watch come out to say that it's not enough.

Adriaan Basson, editor at News24

There's a different school of thought of why Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has not been appointed minister explains Basson. He says this could either mean President Zuma has lost confidence in her as his successor in the ANC or that this will allow to campaign more freely for her presidential hopes.

Basson suggests this cabinet reshuffle was solely for the purposes of getting rid of Blade Nzimande and fast track the nuclear deal, adding that President Zuma is under enormous pressure from Russia to push for it.

I think that's David Mahlobo needs to do. Whether he's going to be able to do it, remains to be seen. President Zuma is clearly not happy with what Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi delivered in energy and has now placed his trusted lieutenant Mahlobo in that position.

Adriaan Basson, editor at News24

This a president desperate to show he is still in control.

Adriaan Basson, editor at News24

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