Khampepe swears in deputy ministers

By Drum Digital
26 May 2014

Thirty-seven deputy ministers sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria.

Constitutional Court Judge Sisi Khampepe began swearing in deputy ministers at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday afternoon.

Deputy ministers read their oath of office from a piece of paper promising to uphold their office with honour and dignity.

Thirty-seven deputies were being sworn in.

Among them would be former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who was fired by President Jacob Zuma in 2012. Cele, wearing his signature Panama hat, would be sworn in as deputy minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Earlier, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and his deputy Dikgang Moseneke swore in the newly appointed ministers.

Zuma announced his Cabinet on Sunday evening.

Ministers promised to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the country.

They undertook to uphold their office as ministers with honour and dignity and to "not divulge directly or indirectly any secret matter entrusted to me".

Ministers took an oath by saying "So help me God", while some said: "I affirm".

While the oath or affirmation was said in English some ministers opted to end in their mother tongue.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said "so help me God" in Pedi, while Rural Development and Land Minister Gugile Nkwinti said it in Xhosa.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said "I affirm" in Zulu, while Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said "so help me God", also in Zulu.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel ended with "so help me Allah".

President Jacob read out the names of the ministers before they were sworn in.

There were giggles from the crowd when some names they found to be funny were read out.

These included new Home Affairs Minister Knowledge Malusi Gigaba, Sport Minister Fikile April Mbalula and Public Service and Administration Minister Ohm Collins Chabane.

The biggest laugh came when Zuma read out the Public Works Minister's name Thulas Waltermade Nxesi, which was mistaken by some in the crowd as water maid because of the way Mogoeng had pronounced it.

Earlier, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as deputy president.

"In terms of the power invested in me... In terms of the Constitution of Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, I hereby appoint Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president," Zuma said before Mogoeng swore him in.

"I request the Chief Justice to swear him into office."

Ramaphosa took his oath of office ending with "so help me God" and his hand on the Bible.

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