Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma read out the names of his
newly-appointed Cabinet on Monday before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng swore
them into office, one at a time.
He asked Mogoeng to swear them in "in order of precedence".
Minister in the President Jeff Radebe was first, taking
an affirmation, as did Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who was sworn
The ministers were sworn in at the presidential
guesthouse in Pretoria. Zuma announced his new Cabinet on Sunday evening.
Among the names he read on Monday were those of Home
Affairs Minister Knowledge Malusi Gigaba, Sport Minister Fikile April Mbalula
and Public Service and Administration Minister Ohm Collins Chabane, causing
some giggles in the audience.
The biggest laugh came when Zuma read out the Public
Works Minister's names, Thulas Watermaid Nxesi.
Even Zuma had a smile on his face.
When Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor took
her oath of office she said "no one told us to bring our glasses" as
she took the page to read off.
After ministers took their oath or affirmation they shook
hands with Zuma and his new deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.
The two sat on chairs on a stage.
Ramaphosa was the first to be sworn in. Before he took
the oath, Zuma said: "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.
"I request the Chief Justice to swear him into
Ramaphosa took his oath of office ending with, "so
help me God", with his hand on the Bible.
Ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in next.