Massive 2024 GNU Cabinet in South Africa comes true: Now what?

The big winners for a 2024 GNU Cabinet in South Africa are undoubtedly the African National Congress (ANC). New National Assembly members were sworn in throughout the day today (Wednesday 3 July 2024), And it’s the ANC that stakes claim to 70% of the 2024 GNU Cabinet in South Africa. This is despite only making up 55% of the coalition and a mere 40% of the democratic vote on 29 May.

After two-weeks of bitter negotiations, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 77-member National Executive, reports Business Tech. On paper, this appears to be a demoralising blow for the Democratic Alliance (DA) who were only able to negotiate 30% of the available parliamentary seats. Six Ministerial and six Deputy Minister roles, versus the ANC’s 20 Ministers and 33 Deputy Minister positions.


A large Cabinet is generally more prevalent in emerging economies around the world. Image: File

Furthermore, the DA was outspoken about not wanting a National Executive that was too large. Now, it seems, they’ve got exactly what they fought against. A 77-member executive (versus 65 from the previous administration) is made up of 32 Ministers (up from 30), and 43 Deputies (up from 35). However, civil society is quite rightly up in arms over the amount of people on the National Executive payroll in 2024.

Lofty pay cheques, annual bonuses and all the perks that come with a job in the National Assembly will prove a sizeable drain on already strained government coffers. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse’s (OUTA’s) CEO Wayne Duvenage said he was, “Disappointed with the bloating of the 2024 GNU Cabinet in South Africa. We believe some of these additional Ministries have been put in place just to accommodate people close to the ANC and this is not the right way forward,” concluded Duvenage.


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President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed 77 Cabinet members into the fold for his second term in office. Image: File

Compared to others globally, the 2024 GNU Cabinet in South Africa is indeed massive. For example, these economic powerhouses have the following:

  • Germany – 15 Ministers.
  • Japan – 19 Ministers.
  • United Kingdom (UK) – 22 Ministers.
  • United States (US) – 24 Ministers.

However, it would appear that larger 30-plus Cabinets are more common in emerging economies like those part of the BRICS+ nations:

  • India – 30 Ministers.
  • South Africa – 32 Minsters.
  • Brazil – 37 Ministers.
  • China – 37 Ministers.


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