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Giggles as Mogoeng reads out some ministers' names

2014-05-26 17:34
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(EWN via Twitter)

Pretoria - After swearing in 17 new ministers and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed over the duty to his deputy.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke took over the swearing in of ministers starting with Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

Ministers promised to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of the country. They promised to be ministers with honour and dignity and to "not divulge directly or indirectly any secret matter entrusted to me".

Ministers either took an oath by saying "So help me God" while others made an affirmation, "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.

On the lighter side

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 with Public Works Minister Thulas Waltermade Nxesi’s name, which was mistaken by some in the crowd as Watermaid 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.

- SAPA

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