New national executive members take oath of office

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo swore in the new members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s national executive on Tuesday evening following the cabinet reshuffle on Monday.


‘Do you choose the oath or affirmation,” Zondo asked each new member. He then asked if they considered their choice binding on their conscience before the new executive members promised to uphold the Constitution and serve South Africa to the best of their ability.

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The mood was jovial, with ministers, deputy ministers and guests quick to break into a laugh. Ramaphosa’s chosen few also showed signs of nerves as they walked up to stand before Zondo.

The new deputy president Paul Mashatile was sworn in first. He then assumed his position to the left of the President and helped welcome each new executive member.

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Ramaphosa’s grin appeared to be at its broadest when he rose to shake the hand of the Minister of Electricity in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa. The new Minister mirrored the smile.

With no end in sight to the constant load shedding gripping South Africa, Tuesday, 7 March, might be the last time the man who is meant to lead the country out of the darkness wears such a bright smile in public.

After the ceremony, the members were taken away for a group photo and a closed briefing.

Image: Storm Simpson/The South African.
Image: Storm Simpson/The South African.

List of ministers and deputy ministers sworn in


1. Ms Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga – Minister of Transport

2. Ms Noxolo Kiviet – Minister of Public Service and Administration

3. Mr Ncediso Goodenough ‘Zizi’ Kodwa – Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

4. Ms Thembi Nkadimeng – Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

5. Dr Kgosientsho David Ramokgopa – Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity

6. Ms Maropene Lydia Ramokgopa – Minister in the Presidency, responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

7. Mr Sihle Zikalala – Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Deputy Ministers

1. Mr Zolile Burns-Ncamashe – Deputy Minister of

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

2. Mr Lisa Nkosinathi Mangcu – Deputy Minister of Transport

3. Mr Itiseng Kenneth Morolong – Deputy Minister in the Presidency

4. Ms Nomasonto Evelyn Motaung – Deputy Minister in The Presidency

5. Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters – Deputy Minister of Small Business

6. Ms Bernice Swarts – Deputy Minister of Public Works

7. Mr Mpho Parks Tau – Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

8. Ms Nokuzola Gladys Sisisi Tolashe – Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

9. Ms Judith Tshabalala – Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation



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