New Cabinet must advance the interest of our people - Cosatu general secretary

After Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration as president on Saturday, the country is keenly awaiting the impending announcement of his new Cabinet.

But Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has thrown a spanner in the works over appointing outgoing Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Read: What's next in the Gordhan-Mkhwebane saga?

Gordhan is instituting review proceedings against a report in which Mkhwebane finds him guilty of 'improper conduct' during his tenure at the SA Revenue Service (SARS), over his approval of former commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement and payout.

She wants the president to take disciplinary action against Gordhan for violating the Constitution.

On Sunday she also announced she is laying criminal charges against a personal assistant in Gordhan's office for suspected fraud over a letter the assistant sent the minister, which he says he did not receive.

On Friday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) urged Ramaphosa not to implement Mkhwebane's remedial actions in general, in the light of the damning high court ruling against her on the Estina matter.

On Weekend Breakfast, Africa Melane speaks to Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali.

The ruling was devastating to the office of the public protector.

Bheki Ntshalintshali, General secretary - Cosatu

Mkhwebane has subsequently indicated she's taking the ruling on review.

She has to navigate quite carefully. If she's appealing, should we then believe her office is in good shape?

Bheki Ntshalintshali, General secretary - Cosatu

Commenting on the shape the new cabinet will take, Ntshalintshali says Ramaphosa has an opportunity to start afresh.

He has to think soberly and get people in the Cabinet that will advance the interest of our people...

Bheki Ntshalintshali, General secretary - Cosatu

He will look to the question of gender, he'll have to look to the question of the young people, he'll look to people who have performed well in the past...

Bheki Ntshalintshali, General secretary - Cosatu

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