While President Cyril Ramaphosa is officially the man in charge at the Union Buildings, ascending to power 20 years after he was last contested for the Presidency.
His first major task is to announce his deputy president and the rest of his Cabinet.
Ramaphosa is walking a tightrope as he balances the need to appease supporters, quell the so-called “fight back” faction in the ANC, calm investors and instil confidence in South Africans when he names his Cabinet this week.
The Constitution states that the president must assume office within five days of being elected
However, the Constitution is less clear about the appointment of the president’s executive, only saying that the deputy president must be a member of the National Assembly and that the head of state may not appoint more than two Cabinet ministers who are not parliamentarians.
It was widely speculated that Ramaphosa would appoint his Cabinet soon after being inaugurated as president. But that plan was seemingly halted with David Mabuza’s call to have has swearing-in as an MP postponed until he meets the ANC’s integrity commission about political clouds hanging over his head.
With South Africans eagerly awaiting Ramaphosa’s announcement of what is expected to be a leaner and reconfigured Cabinet, the Presidency released a statement on Sunday confirming that he would make his list of ministers public later in the week, without giving a specific day.
This followed reports that the announcement would be made on Monday afternoon.
Internal sources earlier told journalists that Ramaphosa would announce who made the cut before the end of Sunday. The date then shifted to Monday.
However, Ramaphosa quelled rumours when his office released the statement on Sunday.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa is emphatic that the new executive must possess requisite skills, experience, representivity and a commitment to the public service that will take the work of the 6th administration forward,” Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said in the statement.