'This oath will judge you' - Mogoeng swears in Mabuza, new ministers - As it happened

2018-02-27 18:30

"This oath will judge you," Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng warned incoming Cabinet members, minutes before deputy president David Mabuza, nine new ministers and five deputy ministers were sworn in.


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27 Feb 18:29

The swearing-in ceremony is over.

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27 Feb 18:27
The swearing-in process is complete and President Cyril Ramaphosa is now wrapping up.

"I want to thank you all [chief justice and deputy] for saying what you said. It has great meaning, and will go into the annals of history and democracy. Sage words that were pronounced by the Chief Justice.

"I thought I should rise to say thank you to the ministers, the deputy president and the deputy ministers."


27 Feb 18:24
Deputy minister of public service and administration Chana Pilane-Majeke.

27 Feb 18:21
Reginah Mhaule as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

27 Feb 18:18
Deputy Small Business Development minister Cassel Mathale.

27 Feb 18:17
Pinky Kekana sworn in as deputy communications minister:

27 Feb 18:14
Deputy finance minister Mondli Gungubele takes his oath:

27 Feb 18:10
President Ramaphosa says there are five new deputy ministers to be sworn in.

Zondo is requested to swear them in again.

27 Feb 18:09
Ministers have all been sworn in, and it is now the turn for the new deputy ministers who have not yet taken an oath previously.

27 Feb 18:08
Jokes and chirps as Blade Nzimande, new Transport Minister, is sworn in, and completes his return to the Cabinet.

27 Feb 18:05
"So help me God," says new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

27 Feb 18:03
Zweli Mkhize is sworn in.

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo takes over.

And up steps new finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

27 Feb 17:59
Human settlements minister Nomaindia Mfeketo is sworn in.

27 Feb 17:55
Next up, Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister.

Smattering of applause for the popular character.

27 Feb 17:52
Returning Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has now taken his oath of affirmation.

Next up is State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

27 Feb 17:47
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has just taken her oath of affirmation to become Minister in the Presidency.

Next up, Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.

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David Mabuza now taking his oath of affirmation to become new deputy president.

"I David Dabede Mabuza swear that I will be faithful to the republic of South Africa, and will obey, uphold and maintain the Constitution, and all other law of the republic, and solemnly and sincerely promise that I will promote all that will advance the republic, and oppose all that may harm it."

27 Feb 17:40

He says he didn't have to be there person, and could have assigned his powers to a High Court judge.

He however wanted to be there.

"May it [the oath] judge us brutally, anyone one of us who are here for a show," says Mogoeng.

27 Feb 17:39

Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivering an impassioned rationale for why these new ministers should take an oath.

He also delivers a warning.

"You cannot read out this oath as if its inconsequential," Mogoeng says.

"This oath of affirmation is going to judge you.

"It would not have found its way into our most important document, the Constitution.

"So may we all be warned..."

27 Feb 17:36
Deputy president David Mabuza watches as President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng begin swearing in process.

27 Feb 17:35
President Cyril Ramaphosa has now taken the podium in Tuynhuys.

27 Feb 17:31
WATCH the swearing in live...

27 Feb 17:22
News24 journalists at Tuynhuys say there is movement in the room where new Cabinet ministers will be sworn in.

The debate on land expropriation has ended, with the National Assembly adopting a motion to set up an ad hoc committee to probe the feasibility of amending the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

27 Feb 17:00

Journalists are still waiting for the swearing in process to commence in Tuynhuys.

The process has been delayed pending the conclusion of the debate on land expropriation without compensation, happening simultaneously in the House.

27 Feb 16:22

R2K continued its questioning of certain ministers to certain portfolios.

"In Bheki Cele, we have a Minister of Police who, as former head of police, advocated police brutality and ‘shoot to kill’ policies and oversaw a corrupt leasing deal that led to his firing. We cannot forget that his attempts to cover up this deal led to the arrest and detention of journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika, and the illegal spying on the phone communication of wa Afrika and his colleague Stephan Hofstatter. Only the most junior official involved in that spying was charged and prosecuted: Cele has never come clean on his involvement in this illegal action, which was surely authorised at the highest levels. We are left wondering what Cele will do differently now that he is Minister?

"However, it is the announcement of David Mabuza as incoming deputy president of South Africa that is most outrageous. As Premier of Mpumalanga Mabuza has led and managed  a province that has been rife with corruption, political killings, and threats to journalists, whistleblowers and political dissidents. His open boast of having journalists spied on in his province is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Inspector General of Intelligence. Mabuza is now one heartbeat away from being President of the country.  

"As R2K we are dismayed by the retention of Bathabile Dlamini. She was convicted and fined in 2006 after pleading guilty to fraud in the TravelGate scandal. Since then she has done nothing in demonstrating that she has abandoned her corrupt ways. She is now the subject of an inquiry into her conduct in the social grants scandal which has plagued South Africa since 2013.  

"We note the appointment of Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba as Minister of State Security. We reserve judgement on the new Minister until she can show her willingness to undo the securocratic legacy of her predecessors, who have allowed the SSA to become increasingly politicised and involved in abusive and even criminal activity. Her first task must be to fire Director General Arthur Fraser as spy boss."

27 Feb 16:10

The Right2Know (R2K) campaign has welcomed the sacking of some ministers from President Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet, but slammed others, including the redeployment of Nomvula Mokonyane.

"In Nomvula Mokonyane, South Africa has its eighth Communications Minister in as many years, and fourth one in 12 months," an R2K statement read on Tuesday.

"This portfolio, which has a crucial role of ensuring the free flow of information and media plurality for all South Africans, has often been used either as a dumping site for non-performing Ministers or to try turn the public broadcaster and community media organisations into state mouthpieces.

"Mokonyane’s performance in other portfolios, most especially her recent stint as Water Affairs and Sanitation Minister, has not inspired confidence."

27 Feb 15:56
More pictures of Dr Zweli Mkhize being sworn in as an MP earlier today.

27 Feb 15:31
The ANC Youth League meanwhile says it is disappointed with President Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet, as it had failed to take the youth into consideration.

27 Feb 15:30
The swearing in process of new Cabinet ministers and the deputy president will now take place at 16:30, News24's Tammy Petersen reports.

27 Feb 15:30
WATCH: 'New' Police Minister Bheki Cele skips swearing-in ceremony, rushes to Ngcobo police funeral.

27 Feb 15:12
ANALYSIS: Bheki Cele is back with the police: Why he's the right man for the job, by News24 opinions editor Alet Janse van Rensburg.

27 Feb 14:44
Scopa meanwhile has lambasted the redeployment of Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to the Department of Communications.

27 Feb 14:28

Meanwhile, in the National Assembly's plenary this afternoon...

The Assembly will debate a motion brought by the EFF to start process to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation during the session.

27 Feb 14:28
Meanwhile, in the National Assembly's plenary this afternoon...

27 Feb 14:28
Meanwhile, in the National Assembly's plenary this afternoon...

27 Feb 14:02
WATCH below:

ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile gives his party's take on #CabinetReshuffle...

27 Feb 13:57

"As the ANC we welcome the appointments the President has made. We are particularly happy because there was thorough consultation with the ANC, but also with alliance partners," Mashatile added outside the Speaker's office.

Mashatile said the newly-sworn-in MPs, including incoming deputy president Mabuza, will be available to chat to the media after they are sworn in as Cabinet members around 16:00.

WATCH below:

27 Feb 13:52

"When the president considers appointments of Cabinet, he takes a lot of issues into account; experience and all variety of issues," Mashatile told journalists outside the Speaker's office.

"This was not just a quick thing. The president went on thorough consultation and we are all happy that this was a very proper process."

27 Feb 13:44
Earlier in Parliament, President Ramaphosa addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders in the Old Assembly chamber.

27 Feb 13:14

Banking association commends Ramaphosa on Nene appointment  

The Banking Association of South Africa has applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet as a "significant step" in boosting investor confidence, in particular welcoming the return of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister.

27 Feb 13:11

WATCH: Incoming Deputy President David Mabuza smiled and waved to the media as he left National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's office after being sworn in as an MP.

He will be sworn in as deputy president at 16:00 later on Tuesday.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe told the assembled the media that they will get a chance to get reaction from the ANC at a different forum, to avoid "waving microphones in ministers' faces".

27 Feb 12:59
New DA MP Gwen Ngwenya speaks to media outside the Speaker's office after being sworn in:

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27 Feb 12:42
Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo tells journalists outside the Speaker's office that there won't be a formal opportunity to speak to the new MPs.

27 Feb 12:30
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen has also arrived with new DA MP Gwen Ngwenya, who will also be sworn in on Tuesday.

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