Former minister of finance Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi and Lindiwe Zulu share a moment during the announcement of the new Cabinet in Pretoria. (Mujjahid Safodien, AFP)
Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma
's new Cabinet took the
oath of office in a marathon ceremony in the presidential guesthouse in
Pretoria on Monday.
Proceedings began just after 15:00 and were concluded by 18:00
- with no fewer than four judges roped in to officiate over 72 newly appointed
Cabinet members taking the oath.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng began the programme by
swearing in new Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Next in line were full
Mogoeng was relieved by his deputy Dikgang Moseneke.
Constitutional Court Judge Sisi Khampepe and North West
Judge President Monica Leeuw swore in the deputy ministers.
Ramaphosa took his oath ending with "so help me
God" and his hand on the Bible.
There were some light-hearted moments while ministers and
deputy ministers took their oath.
Earlier, while Zuma read out the names of the ministers
there was laughter at some of the unusual names.
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 name, which was mistaken by some in the crowd as 'water maid'
because of the way Mogoeng had pronounced it.
During the swearing in of the deputy ministers, Deputy Police
Minister Maggie Sotyu stumbled over the word 'conscientiously' prompting her to
stop and say "that's a tough one".
The audience in the room started laughing. Afterwards,
other deputy ministers were more conscious of the word and sometime giggled as
they said it.
This prompted deputy minister in the presidency Buti
Manamela to start his oath with "I consciously swear", which again
made guests laugh.
After being sworn in, deputy ministers walked up to Zuma
and Ramaphosa to shake their hands.
Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
forgot that she had to shake their hands, which again produced laughter from
Ndabeni-Abrahams smiled sheepishly as she redirected
herself towards Zuma and Ramaphosa.
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mwandile Masina,
after taking his oath, said over the microphone to Leeuw "thank you my
lady", which made guests laugh.
Deputy ministers and ministers promised to "hold my
office... with honour and dignity; to respect and uphold the Constitution and
all other laws of the Republic of South Africa... not to divulge directly or
indirectly secret matters entrusted to me; and to perform the duties of my
office conscientiously and to the best of my ability."
Those being sworn in ended their oath by saying "So
help me God", while others said: "I affirm".
While the oath or affirmation was said in English some
ministers opted to end in their mother tongue.
Guests at the swearing in included national police
commissioner Riah Phiyega, former crime intelligence boss Richard McBride and
African National Congress deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte.
After the ceremony, the Cabinet went outside for a photo
with Zuma and the judges.