Reducing his cabinet from 36 to 28, President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally announced the names of the Ministers. One name however, came as a surprise.
The president announced that former Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, has been appointed the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. Noxolo Kiviet has been appointed her deputy.
Minister de Lille’s appointment falls in line with the president’s promise to curb corruption and ensure that half of the cabinet are women.
The Minister’s most recent high level role as the Mayor of Cape Town, came to an end after the Democratic Alliance accused her of corruption.
The minister however approached the court and several judgements have clarified that there were no evidence of corruption. She is currently suing several DA members and their affiliates for defamation.
It was speculated that the real reason for the DA wanting to remove her was because she opposed the costly water desalination project and supported the building of low cost housing in Cape Town’s CBD.
Following her resignation as Mayor, she started the ‘Good Party’, but its election performance did not live up to the hype at its launch.
The president has stated the all ministers and their deputies will be expected to sign performance agreements. If they do not perform, they will be released from cabinet.
Here are the names of the newly appointed ministers:
Deputy President: David Mabuza
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development: Thoko Didiza
Basic Education: Angie Motshekga
Communications: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Defence and Military Veterans: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries: Barbara Creecy
Employment and Labour: Thulas Nxesi
Finance: Tito Mboweni
Health: Zwelini Mkhize
Higher Education, Science and Technology: Blade Nzimande
Home Affairs: Aaron Motsoaledi
water, sanitation and human settlements: Lindiwe Sisulu
International Relations: Naledi Pandor
Justice and Correctional Services: Ronald Lamola
Mineral Resources and Energy: Gwede Mantashe
Police: Bheki Cele
Presidency: Jackson Mthembu
Presidency for Women, Youth, and People with Disabilities: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Public Enterprises: Pravin Gordhan
Public Services and Administration: Senzo Mchunu
Public Works and Infrastructure: Patricia de Lille
Small Business: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Social Development: Lindiwe Zulu
Sports, Arts and Culture: Nathi Mthethwa
State Security: Ayanda Dlodlo
Tourism: Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Trade and Industry: Ebrahim Patel
Transport: Fikile Mbalula