Cyril's cabinet casualties reshuffle their futures

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Cyril's cabinet casualties reshuffle their futures

In the wake of Ramaphosa's rejig, former ministers talk about their plans for life after parliament

Siphe Macanda and Aphiwe Deklerk

While his former colleagues revealed their future plans after their axing from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet, former State Security minister Bongani Bongo says he has no plans since the changes caught him off guard
“I have not really thought about that [plans outside of Parliament]. I am unlike others, I had four, five months. I had not yet settled even there, so to think about a future, it was not possible because I was still trying to settle,” said Bongo.
Bongo said he would wait for ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu to inform him of his next task in parliament.
“The ANC will tell us what to do. I am a member (of parliament), I am still a member,” he said.Other ministers who were approached by Times Select revealed plans for going back to serve in ANC structures, spending more time with family and pursuing their studies.
Family first
Former Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown, who resigned as an MP last week, said she would spend time with her family.
“I have lots of future plans. But for now I am just going to spend as much time as I can with my family.
“I have served almost 24 years as a public representative with very little break in between, so now I will be spending a bit more time with my family. I am old now as well,” Brown said.She was not yet willing to disclose what she was planning to do, saying she would reveal it in a few months. 
Brown has served in various government positions, including deputy speaker, speaker and chief whip in the Western Cape legislature.
“I think it is now time to make space for the younger people.  It’s time to hang up my gloves. There are a number of people that would like to be an MP, so I am making a space for them,” she said
A matter of style
Former Energy minister David Mahlobo was coy about his future plans, saying it was up to his party to deploy him where it sees fit.“That’s not my style to comment about my future or what the ANC has done, that would not be okay. That’s not how this leadership brought me up. The only thing I can say is to thank the ANC for providing me an opportunity to serve my country at that level, it's an honour,” he said.
Mahlobo also declined to say whether he would resign as an MP.
Poll position
Former Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi said he would continue serving as an ANC MP and participate in the committees of parliament. 
“I am an NEC member and also convening NEC deployees in Gauteng.  I will be playing a very active role in the structures of the ANC in Gauteng, starting with election work,” he said.The former Limpopo MPL and MEC, who was appointed to the transport ministry portfolio in March 2017, said he would study towards a PhD.
“I have two master’s degrees. I am pursuing my PhD. I will be focusing a lot on my studies for my personal development.”
Former Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Des van Rooyen said he too was staying on as an MP and would pursue doctoral studies.
“When I was appointed as a minister I was just about to start with my doctoral studies, so will definitely reconsider. My focus was going to be on the adequacy of recapitalisation of state-owned enterprises. I will have to check if that is still a relevant topic,” he said.

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