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Ramaphosa Cements Control With South African Cabinet Revamp

  • President appoint allies to several key executive posts
  • Main opposition describes reshuffle as a ‘lost opportunity’
Cyril Ramaphosa leads a by-election campaign in Durban, South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa leads a by-election campaign in Durban, South Africa.Photographer: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stamped his authority over the government with a cabinet revamp and sweeping changes to securities agencies, boosting his sway over economic policy.

Ramaphosa’s tiny winning margin to lead the ruling African National Congress in late 2017 left him in a power struggle with a party faction allied to his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, and its Secretary-General Ace Magashule. That’s now shifted with Zuma jailed for contempt of court and Magashule suspended pending a graft trial.