- Cyril Ramaphosa says that citizens will be happy with his new Cabinet
- He indicated that the Cabinet reflected the make-up of South African society
- However, Ramaphosa still faces the tough task of appointing a corruption-free Cabinet which will support his reform agenda
Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africans will be pleased with his Cabinet picks.
This comes is the president faces pressure to appoint a Cabinet untouched by scandal, and which can aid him in his reform agenda.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Ramaphosa indicated that the Cabinet had not yet been finalised.
"It's the work that we've got to do," Ramaphosa said, referring to the selection process for finding the right candidates.
The president previously indicated that he would reduce the size of Cabinet by getting rid of certain ministers and deputies, as well as merging several departments together. This proposal is largely supported by the public, as it would cut costs and (ideally) reduce bureaucracy.
Additionally, Ramaphosa said citizens would be happy with his Cabinet as "it will have a very good balance of gender, youth, competence, demographic [and] regional spread", according to Eyewitness News.
However, the public reaction of the appointment of the corruption-linked Nomvula Mokonyane to chair of chairs suggests that, above all else, South Africans want a Cabinet which has not been implicated in state capture or any wrongdoing.
The question is whether Ramaphosa will be able to appoint such a Cabinet while at the same time appeasing the ANC faction which remains loyal to some of these corrupt figures.
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