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‘Imperative to appoint a clean Cabinet’

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Mogoeng has called for a cabinet with ethical leaders who will not betray South Africans.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has joined calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint into his new Cabinet ethical leaders who will not betray South Africans.

Mogoeng yesterday received the final list of the 400 MPs who are going to the National Assembly, handed to him by the Electoral Commission of SA, following the general elections.

Pressure mounted on Ramaphosa to drop ANC leaders who are implicated in wrongdoing, including state capture, from his Cabinet.

ANC veterans, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, and Catholic Bishops recently added their voices to calls for Ramaphosa not to appoint tainted ministers.

Mogoeng said he had been asked if he was not ashamed to be administering an oath to some of the MPs who had questionable characters.

“It is a very difficult question and I can only hope none of those to whom an oath of office will be administered will see that exercise as just one of those inconvenient processes one has to go through, itching to occupy public office rather than determined to internalise the magnitude and enormity of the responsibility that she or he is publicly declaring to discharge,” Mogoeng said.

Mogoeng said the country now needed a Parliament that held the executive accountable, something he said had failed previously.

“We also need an executive, at all levels, that carries out its constitutional and statutory responsibilities. We need institutions designed to strengthen our constitutional democracy, that are neither threatened by the executive, Parliament or anybody.”

Speaking yesterday at the Goldman Sachs Investor Conference in Johannesburg, Ramaphosa said he would be selective in whom he appoints into his new Cabinet, which he said he will trim first.

It is believed that up to nine ministries could be slashed, leaving only 25 ministries from the 34 Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Jacob Zuma, introduced in 2009.

Ramaphosa said he would first announce the reconfigured cabinet structure before announcing the names of those he will choose to serve in his trimmed Cabinet.

Ramaphosa said his administration would be, however, be left with no choice but to address the land question which he said was successfully dealt with by previous ANC-led administrations.