Ramaphosa has no choice but to appoint DD Mabuza as his deputy - analyst

President Cyril Ramaphosa has delayed the announcement of his new Cabinet to later in the week.

There is much speculation as to who will make it onto the list accompanied by whispers about who will become the next deputy president.

Political analyst Theo Venter says Ramaphosa has a huge task on his hands to appease the factions within the ANC, especially with David Mabuza halting his swearing-in as a Member of Parliament.

Read: 'Ramaphosa's new Cabinet will need to get the battered economy growing again'

The ANC is currently experiencing the huge difficulty of getting this matrix right because this is what the Cabinet is going to be, a matrix of interest.

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

He says Ramaphosa has promised the nation he will prioritise the economy, deal with corruption, create a better working government and deal with the unemployment rate. This is the benchmark against which Ramaphosa will be tested, explains Venter.

Most people will apply those promises asking whether the people in here [Cabinet] will get you to those objectives.

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

We all know, unless we get the economy growing, we're not going anywhere. For the economy to grow we need confidence not only in investor confidence but with the rest of the South African government.

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

According to Venter, Ramaphosa has no choice but to appoint DD Mabuza as deputy president looking at how the ANC previously operated. The deputy president of the party automatically becomes the deputy president of the country.

Read also: 'President in tricky position to appoint people not accused of wrongdoing'

The ANC is getting bogged down by its own internal politics as to who must get what...

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

By withdrawing last week, DD Mabuza played an interesting strategic game. He immediately placed pressure on other people who were on the same list such as Gwede Mantashe.

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

So I don't see him using Gwede Mantashe and leaving out DD Mabuza.

Theo Venter, Political analyst and lecturer - North-West University

Venter believes Ramaphosa will shrink his Cabinet to at least 26 members adding an element of surprise by inviting members of the opposition such as the leader of the United Democratic Movement Bantu Holomisa.

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