New Cabinet ready to crack the whip

One by one, the country’s new­ly appoint­ed 28 Min­is­ters and 34 Deputy Min­is­ters vowed to respect­ful­ly serve the coun­try as the sixth admin­is­tra­tion was sworn into office.

Hav­ing announced the Cab­i­net on Wednes­day evening, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa watched on as the new mem­bers of the exec­u­tive took their oaths of office in a cer­e­mo­ny presided by Chief Jus­tice Mogo­eng Mogo­eng on Thurs­day after­noon.

The incom­ing Min­is­ters and Deputy Min­is­ters are part of a new Cab­i­net that for the first time fea­tures a 50/50 gen­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion and youth­ful faces.

The Pres­i­dent on Wednes­day announced that fol­low­ing a recon­fig­u­ra­tion process, the num­ber of min­istries would be reduced as gov­ern­ment sought to cur­tail excess expen­di­ture.

The recon­fig­ured nation­al gov­ern­ment is expect­ed to help the sixth admin­is­tra­tion achieve the desires of South Africans.

Begin­ning pro­ceed­ings at the swear­ing in cer­e­mo­ny, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said he was appoint­ing Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza and the rest of the Cab­i­net in terms of the pow­ers vest­ed in him by the country’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

Among the new Min­is­ters are Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices Min­is­ter Ronald Lam­o­la, Pub­lic Ser­vice and Admin­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Sen­zo Mchunu, Pub­lic Works and Infra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Patri­cia De Lille and Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Khum­bud­zo Ntshavheni. Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­den­cy Jack­son Mthem­bu and Bar­bra Creecy were also among those sworn into office for the first time.

Speak­ing after her swear­ing-in, De Lille said she could not wait to start her new role, adding that she would do her best.

I will put in my all like I’ve done in all my tasks before. When the Pres­i­dent called me and asked me to do this task, I felt I must say yes because he is inspir­ing the nation with hope and if you are called upon to do your con­tri­bu­tion, you must do so,” she said, adding that she is itch­ing to start in the Min­istry.

Lam­o­la said he was hum­bled by the respon­si­bil­i­ty giv­en to him by Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, say­ing he was ready to con­tribute to the cre­ation of a non-racial, non-sex­ist and a just jus­tice sys­tem.

Lam­o­la, who has 10 years’ expe­ri­ence in the legal field, said the enti­ties in the min­istry have a respon­si­bil­i­ty that is clear­ly defined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, which includes “inves­ti­gat­ing with­out fear or favour, pros­e­cut­ing with­out fear or favour”.

Incom­ing Finance Deputy Min­is­ter David Mason­do said the pri­or­i­ty for gov­ern­ment is to make sure that the country’s econ­o­my grows.

Para­mount to this, he said, is to make sure that invest­ment is attract­ed. He said he would con­tribute towards achiev­ing this goal.

As gov­ern­ment, we’ll be work­ing to attract invest­ment, local­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. Invest­ment is impor­tant because through invest­ment, we will be in a bet­ter posi­tion to cre­ate jobs to lay a basis for a tax rev­enue. We can only get a tax rev­enue from cor­po­rate tax and income tax, and you can only do that when peo­ple are invest­ing in the econ­o­my,” he said. —

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