President Ramaphosa reappoints Nene as finance minister in cabinet reshuffle

Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has returned Nhlanhla Nene to the finance ministry in a cabinet reshuffle that added new faces and removed some ministers allied to his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

Hailing a “new dawn” a day after his inauguration almost two weeks ago, the 65-year-old promised to fight corruption, which had weakened the economy of Africa’s most industrialized nation under Zuma, and to trim a bloated cabinet.

Seeking to keep the different factions of the ruling African National Congress represented within the cabinet, Ramaphosa retained several ministers appointed by Zuma, but demoted some of them from key government departments.