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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Peter Fabricius.]

Career diplomats fear that dumping discarded Cabinet ministers in ambassadorial positions will be bad for SA’s image and for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive.

Professional diplomats in South Africa’s foreign service have expressed concern that President Cyril Ramaphosa is about to “dump” at least six members of his last Cabinet into the service as ambassadors.

Controversial former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, former home affairs minister Siyabonga Cwele and former human settlements minister Nomaindia Mfeketo are among those whose appointments are in Ramaphosa’s office awaiting his signature, according to inside sources.

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