Ministers' failure to make NEC list puts cabinet jobs in jeopardy
Six cabinet ministers have become ordinary ANC members after they failed to retain their seats on the party's powerful national executive committee.
This means that the ministers have lost influence in the party and could become targets should Luthuli House instruct President Jacob Zuma to make changes to his executive.
The ministers who did not make it back onto the 86-member NEC are Ayanda Dlodlo (home affairs), Thulas Nxesi (sport), Lynne Brown (public enterprises), Gugile Nkwinti (land reform), Rob Davies (trade and industry) and Senzeni Zokwana (agriculture, forestry and fisheries). Brown and Davies declined nomination.
This has prompted speculation that they could soon lose their jobs if Zuma were ordered to reshuffle his cabinet following the ANC elective conference."They lost patience due to the logistical nightmare," the insider said.
Another insider said the issue of ensuring gender parity and accommodating more youthful ANC members in the NEC also had to be taken into account.
Also missing from the list was SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, former transport minister S'bu Ndebele, South African ambassador to Germany Stone Sizani, and former unionist and ANC MP Fikile Majola.
Zuma's staunch supporters Kebby Maphatsoe, president of the Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association, and disgraced former MEC of housing in Gauteng Humphrey Mmemezi also failed to make the cut.
The ANC has elected some first-time NEC members who are female and young.
Also included are ANC Youth League president Collen Maine, former Limpopo finance MEC David Masondo, former youth league deputy president Ronald Lamola, Zingiswa Losi from Cosatu, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi and her deputy, Tandi Mahambehlala.