President Jacob Zuma has again defended his Cabinet reshuffle saying that now is the time for young leaders.
Zuma was speaking at the launch of Transnet's first locally engineered and manufactured train in Pretoria on Tuesday.
While he congratulated Transnet on the new locomotive, he also spoke about his decision to reshuffle the Cabinet, saying he has full confidence in new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
President Zuma received a round of applause as he took to the podium.
Zuma thanked former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
“We thank Gordhan for ensuring a smooth transition. Mr Gordhan officially handed over to Gigaba on Tuesday morning.”
However, he says it was time for change.
“If we do not enable our young MPs to gain experience now, we may battle in future with leadership and government experience.”
Zuma says Gigaba will soon be going on an investor roadshow abroad.
Earlier, minister Gigaba urged his critics to allow him to adapt to his responsibility before passing judgement.
This comes after a credit downgrade for the country to “junk” status has tipped a lot of pressure on the newly arrived minister.
Gigaba has stated that downgrade is due to the fact that the government will be adhering to radical socio-economic transformation policies and not because of political turmoil in the country.
Gigaba’s fate, as well as that of the current cabinet, rests on result of a motion for no-confidence being proposed by all major ANC opposition parties.