The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, ridiculed the presidents’ choice in the aftermath of the announcement.
He was critical of Ramaphosa’s contradictory decision to include two deputies in some portfolios, chalking it up to the president only serving the interests of the ANC.
“With a slight reduction to the size of the cabinet – at 28 members – Ramaphosa has shown that he, like his predecessors, has used the cabinet to reward loyal cadres within the ANC.
“Cutting a few ministers whilst adding more deputy ministers will not fool the people of South Africa. Presented with a fresh opportunity to create his own cabinet, he chose the ANC’s survival over the people of South Africa,” he said.
Maimane noted that in the next coming days, he would be announcing his Shadow Cabinet, and the first task at hand will be to ensure that Ramaphosa follows through immediately with the following:
- Institute lifestyle audits of his entire Cabinet – as the DA-led Western Cape Government has recently announced
- Slash VIP protection for all cabinet members.
- Ensure each performance management contract for cabinet ministers is brought before Parliament for oversight before the relevant portfolio committee
The opposition leader dismissed Ramaphosa’s selection as his way of trying to mend the perceived factionalism within the ANC.
“South Africa at this point deserves a diverse, competent cabinet that is not a negotiated settlement between factions, but instead a team of committed individuals who are ready to take South Africa forward,” he added.