FIRST TAKE: Gordhan's retention in Cabinet a sign of intent, but challenges remain

- | 10 months ago

At first blush it seems like he was able to do exactly that – whether they are the right people for the job however is a totally different question.

It's clear that Ramaphosa was able to consolidate his influence in three key spheres of government: justice and security, social justice and finance – three clusters that aren't only vital for the reform efforts he is championing, but for his continued survival as president. Appointing a Cabinet from the contested and toxic environment that is internal ANC politics is a terrain fraught with danger.

There is a myriad of vested interests to consider, factions to appease and alliance partners to pacify.

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