Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Ramaphosa’s cabinet announcement will be made ‘later in the week’

Thuma Mina ANCThe announcement must be made within five days of the official inauguration.

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by SAnews.gov.za, additional reporting by TheSouthAfrican.com.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who was officially inaugurated as president of South Africa on Saturday 25 May, will be announcing his cabinet later in the week.

This directive, voiced by the Presidency, is in direct reply to ‘false’ reports which erroneously claimed that Ramaphosa would make a public announcement on Monday. The Presidency pointed to the Constitution:

“The Constitution of the Republic stipulates that the President must assume office within five days of being elected by the National Assembly – and thereafter appoint a Cabinet and assign its powers and functions,” the Presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

Cabinet coming later in the week

The Presidency released the statement noting media reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to announce the members of the new executive on Monday.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa is emphatic that the new executive must possess requisite skills, experience, representivity and a commitment to the public services that will take the work of the sixth administration forward,” the Presidency said.

President Ramaphosa was inaugurated as the sixth democratically elected President of the Republic on Saturday at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The inauguration was held under the theme ‘Together Celebrating Democracy: Renewal and Growth for a Better South Africa’.

Read: Dlamini-Zuma seen with Ramaphosa at inauguration rehearsals

South Africans wait with bated breath

Following a decisive electoral victory earlier this month, attention has turned to parliamentary proceedings. Last week, the first sitting of South Africa’s sixth National Assembly served as an official opening of Ramaphosa’s ‘New Era’.

This promise, to rectify and rejuvenate the sphere of public service, is most prevalent in relation to the president’s cabinet. Ramaphosa has vowed to trim down the historically oversized cabinet, lending credence to his commitments of cutting costs and streamlining governmental processes.

There have already been delays in the appointment process. Deputy President, David Mabuza, had his swearing-in ceremony postponed, meaning that he is not ‘officially’ a member of the National Assembly.

Only members of the House can be appointed as cabinet ministers.

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