Molefe sidelined from finance portfolio: report

Contrary to widespread speculation, recently-appointed ANC MP Brian Molefe has not been placed within the finance portfolio as expected, instead finding a place in two other portfolio committees, Times Media reports.

In an interview with Business Day, Molefe confirmed that he has been placed in the international relations and economic development portfolios.

It was speculated that Molefe, who was sworn in as an MP for the ANC in the North West Province just last week, would be filling a space within the standing committee for finance, after an ANC member in the portfolio was redeployed.

After news broke that Molefe had been nominated to Parliament, it was revealed that ANC MP, Makhosi Khoza, was being moved out of her position on parliament’s standing committee on finance.

Speaking to The Citizen, Khoza confirmed that she did not know why she was being moved, only that the move was sudden and that she had only received the letter detailing her move days before it happened.

“If you want to know about my appointment and being moved, the first person to speak to is Jackson Mthembu because he is the one that is responsible, at least in this institution, for the deployment of ANC member.”

According to the the Business Day report, Mthembu was the one who placed Molefe in his two new portfolios.

Analysts are anticipating a fresh cabinet reshuffle from president Jacob Zuma in the coming weeks. It has been long speculated that Molefe was being primed for a position within the finance ministry.

While all eyes will be on the finance ministry in any potential reshuffle, the move is also expected to see former AU chair and ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma re-enter the cabinet, while moves against anti-Zuma ministers – particularly those who belong to the SACP – are also expected.

Read: Who will stay and who will go in Zuma’s next cabinet reshuffle

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Molefe sidelined from finance portfolio: report