Presidency denies opposing DA action to force cabinet reshuffle

The Presidency has disowned a notice filed in court on Tuesday to oppose an application by the DA calling for minister of women in the presidency Bathabile Dlamini and home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba to be fired.

The State Attorney filed the notice in the North Gauteng High Court‚ sending a message that President Cyril Ramaphosa was opposing the DA’s case which argues that the reappointment of the ministers in February was unlawful and should be set aside.

However‚ Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko‚ said the president was still applying his mind to the matter.

“Whomever filed this notice to oppose did not do so following instructions from the president‚” she said.

Diko said they had until November 13 to “make clear the presidency’s intention to oppose or not and that due date will be met”.

The official opposition went to court seeking an order that would declare the appointment of Dlamini and Gigaba in Ramaphosa’s first cabinet reshuffle as “unlawful‚ unconstitutional and invalid”.

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