Party politics hinders Ramaphosa from announcing his Cabinet, says Dirk Kotze

There is still uncertainty about when President Cyril Ramaphosa will be announcing his new Cabinet.

During the election campaign, Ramaphosa spoke about creating a lean and effective Cabinet that is committed to job creation. He also committed to rooting out corruption, grow the economy and create jobs.

Unisa's political scientist Prof Dirk Kotze says Ramaphosa is now under pressure to make the announcement but his party's internal politics seems to be a hindrance.

He highlights two factors, the delayed swearing-in of David Mabuza and the delayed report from the ANC's integrity commission.

Read: Waiting game as country speculates over Ramaphosa's Cabinet

The issue of the integrity commission affects the ANC directly. It is from within that the process is taking place. Many people in ANC would say if you continue and appoint people who are part of the list, then you are actually disrespecting your own party.

Prof Dirk Kotze, Political scientist - Unisa

That is the complication that President Ramaphosa has to deal with.

Prof Dirk Kotze, Political scientist - Unisa

I am two minds whether he will be able to make the announcement before the integrity commission report back to him.

Prof Dirk Kotze, Political scientist - Unisa

Kotze says Ramaphosa will have to run the country alone for now because he has no Cabinet to work with.

It is a predicament for him. It is an immensely unusual situation.

Prof Dirk Kotze, Political scientist - Unisa

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