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Newly-appointed ministers to be sworn in on Wednesday

The national executive comprising of 32 ministers and 43 deputy ministers will be sworn in on Wednesday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 75-member National Executive composed of representatives from 11 political parties, signatories of the Government of National Unity (GNU). 

GNU MINISTERS TO BE SWORN IN

In the sixth administration, the Cabinet had only 30 Ministers and the number has now grown to 32. As a result, the number of the members in the National Executive has also increased as some Ministers have two deputies.

Notably, the ministries of Electricity and Energy have been merged, and a separate ministry of Mineral and Petroleum Resources will be established.

Likewise, the Ministry of Agriculture has been separated from the Ministry of Land Reform and Rural Development.

In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education will be separated from the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development has also been separated from the Ministry of Correctional Services.

Lastly, there will no longer be a Ministry of Public Enterprises. During the implementation of a new shareholder model, the coordination of the relevant public enterprises will be located in the Presidency.

The new Ministers that will be sworn in on Wednesday, 3 July. Graphic: eNCA

UNIONS WEIGH IN ON GNU CABINET 

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) said that appointing new ministers within the Criminal Justice Cluster is critical as it can influence the direction of law enforcement, corrections, and overall justice policies.

The union said the CJC has, for the longest time, been under immense strain, with continued infightings, high levels of crime rates, police killings, overcrowding, and understaffing- all coupled with vast levels of backlogs in various areas.

Additionally, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) also objected to Siviwe Gwarube’s appointment as Basic Education Minister.

The union expressed concerns about the DA’s education policies and the party’s anti-trade union stance.

SADTU spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said that historically, the union has never been on good terms with the DA because its policies have been anti-trade union.

“For a long time, the DA did not believe that trade unions have a right to exist. They’ve always stated that SADTU is responsible for all the problems in the education sector, and they always put them on SADTU’s doorstep.

“They always accuse us of opposing the education in this country, of being in charge of education, and of controlling the department of education and the ministers and all,” she said.

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