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Vital cabinet portfolios change hands

Polity Two vital government functions, health and crime, came under new political management on Thursday as newly-elected President Kgalema Motlanthe announced his cabinet.

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who drew much fire over her promotion of vegetable remedies for HIV/AIDS, was removed as health minister.

Charles Nqakula, who failed to make a significant dent in crime levels during his tenure as safety and security minister, was given the defence portfolio.

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