South Africa: Ramaphosa Cuts Cabinet From 36 to 28 Ministers, Half of Whom Are Women

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his new cabinet on May 29, 2019.

After a day of consultation, President Cyril Ramaphosa finally announced his Cabinet on Wednesday evening, sticking to his promise to slash the bloated executive. David Mabuza and Pravin Gordhan will keep their positions in a Cabinet that will see Patricia de Lille become a minister, while a number of ANC veterans didn't make the cut.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has slashed the number of ministers from 36 to 28 after combining a number of departments in the process of reconfiguring the state, which he said was still ongoing.

Ramaphosa announced his Cabinet at the Union Buildings on Wednesday evening after he consulted with the ANC's alliance partners throughout the day.

Every president since 1994 has named his Cabinet the day after their inauguration but controversies over whether David Mabuza should remain deputy president after being questioned by the ANC's integrity committee and whether Pravin Gordhan should remain in Cabinet after an adverse finding by the Public Protector were reported to have delayed Ramaphosa's announcement.

Photo: Some of the ministers in Ramaphosa's new canbinet:

Recently appointed Minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu, 12 December 2017. Kopano Tlape GCIS

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Fikile Mbalula at the announcement of the...

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