Bongani Bongo sworn in as state security minister

2017-10-18 19:04
President Jacob Zuma with freshly sworn in minister of state security Bongani Bongo. (Jan Gerber, News24)

President Jacob Zuma with freshly sworn in minister of state security Bongani Bongo. (Jan Gerber, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Freshly sworn in Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo wants to assure South Africans that he will provide the leadership required by legislation.

At 15:38 on Wednesday afternoon Bongo entered a boardroom at Tuynhuys, the presidents Cape Town office, still a minister-designate, shortly followed by the man who appointed him to his Cabinet, President Jacob Zuma.

Cape Judge President John Hlophe was already seated, as was Bongo's mother Emily and his younger sister, Norma, with ANC MP Loyiso Mpumlwana and director-general of the Department of State Security Arthur Fraser.

Upon taking his seat at the head of the table, a seemingly jovial Zuma said he knows the media – "my great friends" – wants him to say all kinds of things, but he will only say what is required.

After clearing his throat and pursing his lips, Zuma said: "Let me start the formal thing."

Zuma read out that he appoints Bongo in terms of the Constitution as minister of state security and asked Hlophe to conduct the swearing-in ceremony.

ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: I have the experience, claims new state security minister

"I, Bongani Thomas Bongo, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa," Bongo said as he began reading from the provided oath.

Once done, he raised his right hand and said: "So help me God."

'When's your next Cabinet reshuffle?'

He and Hlophe signed the document, after which Zuma got up from the table to shake hands with and embrace Bongo.

Zuma, Bongo and Hlophe posed for photos, after which Zuma and Bongo left.

"When's your next Cabinet reshuffle?" a journalist blurted out to Zuma.

"I'll reshuffle you," Zuma replied with a trademark chuckle.

Bongo briefly addressed the media.


"I would like to thank the president of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Zuma, and the African National Congress for the trust they bestowed [upon] me.

"And secondly, I want to assure the nation that I will provide the required leadership in terms of legislation and policy directive of the country as espoused in both the ANC resolutions and in the country's legislation in terms of attending to national security-related issues."

He said he is looking forward to joining his colleagues in the security cluster.

"I've just been sworn in now, the DG is here [and] I'm looking forward to be working with the team so that we move with serious speed in terms of ensuring that we meet the targets the government has set us to deal with in the medium term. Thank you very much," he concluded.


Read more on:    bongani bongo  |  jacob zuma

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.