Pallo Jordan Bounce Back
Pallo Jordan|Joe Modise|Alfred Nzo
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    15 May 1996

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    Pallo Jordan Bounce Back

    Pallo Jordan re-appointed to Mandela cabinet in the role of Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. In the month before Jordan was removed Mandela's cabinet for questioning the economic direction of the GNU. The decision to sack Jordan, according to the Weekly Mail and Guardian, was taken by President Nelson Mandela with no consultation with the ANC leadership or caucus. Only Mbeki was consulted. Mandela claimed Jordan had to go because, with the ANC replacing the non-party Liebenberg as finance minister, its constitutional quota of ministers had been exceeded. However, given the choice, many in the ANC would have nominated foreign minister Alfred Nzo as the most expendable minister. The real reason for Jordan's removal was his half-hearted support for the partial privatisation of Telkom, South Africa's telecommunications utility. Jordan had also clashed with his ANC cabinet colleagues over moves to water down constitutional rights in the name of fighting crime. He was reportedly offered, but declined, a diplomatic posting in Japan.

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