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The new inclusive government of national unity Cabinet has been sworn in by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who presided over Wednesday’s proceedings at Parliament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The National Executive was sworn in by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday. Picture: GCIS

THE NEW inclusive government of national unity (GNU) Cabinet has been sworn in by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who presided over Wednesday’s proceedings on Wednesday at Parliament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The new National Executive will constitute the seventh administration as a GNU, comprising a diversity of political parties as an outcome of the national and provincial elections held on May 29.

President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled his Cabinet at the Union Buildings on Sunday evening, June 30.

For the first time since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, 11 ministers and 10 deputy ministers in the new Cabinet are not from the ANC.

President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the ceremony. Picture: GCIS

“I have decided to appoint Paul Mashatile as the Deputy President of South Africa and now request the Chief Justice to swear him in,” said Ramaphosa, who had opened the ceremony.

Mashatile was the first of the National Executive to be sworn in.

A total of 32 ministers and their deputies were sworn in.

There were chuckles in the audience as Ramaphosa incorrectly addressed the leader of the DA, John Steenhuisen, as a doctor.

Ramaphosa chuckled as he corrected himself and stated he would further only call on the names of the ministers to be sworn in.

The auditorium also erupted in laughter as the new minister of Mineral and Petroleum Resources, Gwede Mantashe, read part of his affirmation incorrectly, saying he would divulge secret matters.

Chief Justice Zondo responded in jest: “Mr President, if there are any leaks, you’ll know.”

Minister Gayton Mckenzie taking his oath during the swearing-in ceremony. Photo: GCIS

Quite a few people, including the new Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Gayton Mckenzie, referred to Mantashe’s error during their swearing-in, leaving many in stitches.

The rest of the proceedings went down seamlessly as all ministers and deputy ministers took either the oath or affirmation of their promise to serve the nation faithfully.

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