New minister, deputies to be sworn in

2012-06-13 09:47

Cape Town - New Transport Minister Ben Martins and three deputy ministers will take the oath of office at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Wednesday, the presidency said.

Martins and deputy ministers Sindisiwe Chikunga, Mduduzi Manana and Gratitude Magwanishe will be sworn into their portfolios of transport, higher education and public enterprises respectively.

Ministers and deputy ministers who were taking up new portfolios did not have to be sworn in. They would however sign a reaffirmation of the oath of office.


President Jacob Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

The Cabinet reshuffle saw Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele being moved to the correctional services portfolio. He was replaced by Martins the former public enterprises deputy minister.

Former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu would now run public service and administration, replacing Roy Padayachie who died last month.

Sisulu was succeeded by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Zuma then also appointed several deputy ministers.

Chikunga was appointed to the transport department whilst Magwanishe would be the new public enterprises deputy minister.

Jeremy Cronin would be the new public works deputy minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize deputy minister for economic development, and Manana the new deputy minister for higher education.

  • Henri - 2012-06-13 09:56

    lets see if their oaths means something to them, so we pay so we try and we never learn CancER ???

      mukosit - 2012-06-13 10:06

      Zzzzzzzzzzzz, Wake me when they finish.Zzzzzzzzzzz

  • mastersvoice - 2012-06-13 10:00

    First they get sworn in, then they get sworn at...

      Koos - 2012-06-13 11:37

      Between the two they steal us blind. Promise that you will be a true ancESTOR. Corrupt as humanly possible. Enrich your family and friends. Oh, don't forget the new BMW X5.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-13 10:04

    Thank goodness Lindiwe Sisulu is away from Defence, She was dangerous. Thought nobody could touch her. Her attitude towards white soldiers were the worst ever.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-13 10:12

      Not only dangerous but a beach of note !!! Thinks she really is royalty !!

      Richard - 2012-06-13 10:55

      What does your comment mean Deeteem? Based on your profile pic, I can see where your comments come from ....

  • Kaizer - 2012-06-13 10:04

    "she served as the head of a commission that was set up to investigate desertions of ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola." - That sound a bit like a witch hunt exercise that resulted in the death of their fellow "freedom fighters" - Hmmm....

  • Gary - 2012-06-13 10:08

    New Ministers = New pockets to line...Eish :( New houses, new BMW's New Poice Commissioner has probably never done a day of basic training It's a joke!

      Richard - 2012-06-13 11:23

      In South Africa today, it is too easy to be negative. Gary, let's gather some facts when posting a comment, rather than just a generalised opinion. I worked with the new Police Commissioner, then known as Ria Phiyega when she was head of corporate social investment at Transnet. I found her intelligent, methodical, excellent at stakeholder management and management of large scale programmes, all executive management skills required for this SAPS portfolio. I think it is a fantastic appointment and she will do an excellent job. So, let's give her a chance. In terms of having done any basic training, it is not necessary. For example, if you have an MBA with executive management experience and skills, you could probably run a construction business without having been a ditch digger or bricklayer...

      Gary - 2012-06-13 11:52

      I am a very positive person Richard but hells bells bud look at the stats Selebi, Cele, Mdluli...and thats just the SAPS The Pres and his cronies are corrupt, It's in our face everyday, they all got their hands in the till, their supporters will keep them in power untill the Cows come home - So bottom line..Blatant Corruption will never stop! Im tired of giving the ANC a "chance"

  • anthro45 - 2012-06-13 10:15

    The previous lot were also sworn in and they promised to serve the country, and be honest, and not to be corrupt, and not to sleep in parliament,etc etc. Just look how that turned out.

  • Jane - 2012-06-13 10:15

    What a joke, constantly swopping portfolios does not suddenly make someone capable of holding a position, how does the Minister of Transport become the Minister of correctional services? Do ANY of these people actually have any experience in their new positions, seems that in South africa you can really be anything even if you do not have the relevant qualifications, I suppose that explains why we are in the state we are, what a joke.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-13 10:27

    I pray that we've turned a corner here and not done a u turn on the highway of life. I don't know about you, but JZ does not inspire me with confidence at all. In the business world, incompetence isn't rewarded with a move to a new job, it's punished by dismissal or demotion.

  • johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-13 10:35


  • Rob - 2012-06-13 10:37

    Sworn at, would be more appropriate !

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-06-13 11:02

    SA is like a lost ship at sea... With a mad crew running about on deck. They won't even notice if we finally run aground in hell.

  • dawitbooi - 2012-06-13 11:02

    I would like to know on which grounds Sisulu was lifted at the DoD. All her plans she had was starting to take place and she had a lot more for the not so distant future. As for Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula,welcome to the toughest, most senior office in the Gov...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-13 11:04

    New minister of transport to be sworn in so that he can be sworn at for e-tolling

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-06-13 11:10

    Why reshuffle again for the 2nd tym? Does it really work?

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-06-13 12:24

    they will change them now

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