New South African cabinet has equal representation of men and women for the first time

There is a new cabinet in place in South Africa, which for the first time in the history of the country has as many women as ministers as men. This comes on the back of the African National Congress winning the general election on May 8.

In what can also be termed unprecedented in the new cabinet announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, one of the women ministers – Patricia de Lille – happens to be from the opposition Good Party. Patricia de Lille has been put in charge of the infrastructure development ministry.

Ramaphosa has also opted for a slimmer cabinet this time, opting for 28 ministers from the earlier 36. Ramaphosa has also vowed to weed out corruption though the Economic Freedom Fighters party from the opposition does not seem to be impressed.

The opposition is already up in arms over David Mabuza getting reinstated as the Deputy President given that he figures in several cases of illegal tenders and political killings. Mebua is considered a close confidant of former President Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, the opposition is also accusing the President Ramaphosa of not being honest enough. According to them, the president might have opted for lesser ministers but have gone for more deputy ministers which, the opposition said exposes his double standards.

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