President Cyril Ramaphosa joined the incoming members of South Africa’s sixth Parliament in registering their names before the swearing-in procession that is expected to take place at the first sitting of the National Assembly, on Wednesday.
As reported by EWN, the president, on Tuesday, led the African National Congress'(ANC) first caucus meeting.
Cyril Ramaphosa isn’t losing sleep over Cabinet hysteria
This was a day after the party’s national executive committee (NEC) had huddled for a special meeting to elect North West’s Premier, a delayed decision that was largely attributed to the ongoing uncertainty of Supra Mahumapelo’s future with the party.
Right after the parliamentary caucus meeting, Ramaphosa took the time to engage with the media. He reassured the public that the hysteria around the incoming Cabinet was not costing him his sleep at all.
“No, it’s not sleepless nights, it’s the work that we’ve got to do and everybody knows that we’ve got to do this work and that’s precisely what we’re working on now,” he enthusiastically said.
However, lurking below his bravado is the uncertainty of who will feature as his right-hand man for the next five years.
David Mabuza on his way out of deputy role?
It was announced, on Wednesday morning, that the swearing-in process of the deputy president, David Mabuza, has been postponed.
An uncharacteristic move that is surely a first in South Africa’s political history. Nonetheless, it was reported that Mabuza had excused himself from the procession as he has matters he needs to address with the party’s Integrity Commission.
It is alleged that the commission’s report on the deputy found him guilty of “prejudicing the integrity of the ANC.”
Deputy President DD Mabuza's swearing in postponed 😱… pic.twitter.com/DodxGTEkAh
— Aldrin Sampear (@AldrinSampear) May 22, 2019
“Watch this space” – Ramaphosa
It appears, however, that there are other plans in place that will be unveiled at the right time.
Ramaphosa, for now, warned that we should ‘watch this space’ because the Cabinet he is set to announce will satisfy all of our worries.
“We’ll present an outcome that I think the country will welcome and will be pleased with – because it will have a very good balance of gender, youth, competence, demographic [and] regional spread and all that. So wait and see, watch this space,” he said.