Cabinet ministers to be sworn in

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pretoria - The country's new Cabinet ministers and deputies are to be sworn in to office later today in Cape Town by Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Zac Yacoob.

President Jacob Zuma announced changes in his Cabinet on Monday, which saw Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka replaced.

Zuma also appointed Major General Nhlanhla Sibusiso Mkhwanazi as acting National Police Commissioner. General Bheki Cele was placed on suspension, pending the outcome of an inquiry into allegations of misconduct against him. A Board of Inquiry, to be chaired by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, will look into the allegations.

Those who will be sworn in include former Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Thembelani "Thulas" Nxesi, who has been appointed Minister of Public Works.

Dina Pule, the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, will take up the post of Minister of Communications.

Obed Bapela, the former Deputy Minister for Communications, will be sworn in as Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

Richard Baloyi, the former Minister of Public Service and Administration, will become the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Roy Padayachie will leave his post as Minister of Communications and be sworn in as the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

The Chief Justice will swear in Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, the former Deputy Minister of Public Works, as the Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.

Lechesa Tsenoli, chairperson of the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, will become the Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform.

Thembisa Stella Ndabeni will be sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Communications.

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