Patricia de Lille Part of President Ramaphosa’s New Cabinet

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