South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce a new Minister of Electricity and a reshuffled Cabinet soon, according to Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya. He stated that there are currently vacancies in the Cabinet and a sense of urgency for the President to fill them. The appointment of Cabinet members is a complex process that requires careful consideration to ensure the stability of the government and continuity of ongoing programs.
In response to allegations by former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter that senior government officials and Cabinet ministers are involved in corruption at the power utility, Magwenya stated that the issue of corruption at Eskom is not new and that the government has already taken action through a multi-disciplinary task team. However, President Ramaphosa does not have the names of the alleged Cabinet ministers involved in wrongdoing and cannot factor that into his upcoming Cabinet reshuffle decision.
The President has encouraged de Ruyter to approach law enforcement agencies with all the evidence and information he has on the corruption at Eskom. He has also emphasized the empowerment of law enforcement agencies to operate without fear or favor and urged anyone with information on corruption at Eskom to bring it forward to be fully investigated.