UPDATE: Blade out as Zuma reshuffles cabinet

In a shock move on Tuesday morning‚ President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet‚ swapping around six of his ministerial portfolios.

Most notably‚ SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande has been axed as Minister of Higher Education‚ and replaced with Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize‚ who was Minister of Home Affairs.

Nzimande’s deputy‚ Mduduzi Manana‚ was replaced by Buti Manamela‚ former deputy minister for Planning and Monitoring in the Presidency. Manana resigned earlier this year after he admitted to assaulting a woman.

Zuma’s shock move will inevitably place severe strain on relations between the ANC and other members of the tri-partite alliance.

The other ministers were all simply shuffled to various portfolios.

Mkhize will be replaced at Home Affairs by Ayanda Dlodlo‚ whose position as Minister of Communications will be taken over by Mmamoloko Kubayi.

Kubayi was the Minister of Energy but will be replaced by former Minister of State Security David Mahlobo.

Mahlobo makes way for the only new addition to cabinet‚ Advocate Bongani Bongo.

This is a developing story.

By: Kyle Cowan

-TimesLIVE

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