For the first time in South Africa’s history, half of the ministers are now women as newly re-elected President Cyril Ramphosa announced a new cabinet.
Ramphosa reduced the amount of ministers in what he called bloated cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers. He announced the move on Wednesday May 29. He said the decision was to create a line of leaders that would advance the country’s future.
Ramphosa removed those who have been implicated in alleged corruption or so-called “state caption” He pledged to root out corruption in the country but according to findings, eyebrows have been raised that he retained Deputy President, David Mabuza.
Mabuza, a close ally of former President Jacob Zuma, denies allegation of involvement in political killings and illegal tender.
The most unexpected move was appointment of the veteran opposition politician, Patricia de Lille, as Minister of Infrastructure Development, she set up the Good Party after she was forced to resign from the opposition Democratic Alliance following an acrimonious power struggle.
However, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters Party said in a statement that the idea that he had reduced the size of the cabinet was “the first” sign of absolute “dishonest” because, at the same time, he had increased the number of deputy ministers.