- Fifty percent of women have made it into the cabinet of South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa
- Having 50% women as minister is the first time such will be happening in the history of South Africa
- According to Ramaphosa, he took a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity among others before making his appointments
The number of women in the cabinet of South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is standing at 50%, a development which is first of its kind in the country’s history.
Ramaphosa, who was sworn in on Saturday, May 25, as the sixth democratically-elected president of South Africa, said he places priority on revitalising the economy while exercising the greatest care in the use of public funds, Aljazeera reports.
The president said he reduced the number of ministers from 36 to 28 from by combining a number of posts with the aim of cutting spending, promote greater coherence and improve efficiency.
He said: "For the first time in the history of our country, half of all ministers are women.
"All South Africans are acutely aware of the great economic difficulties our country has been experiencing and the constraints this has placed on public finances.
"In appointing a new national executive, I have taken a number of considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity."
In reaction to Ramaphosa's cabinet picks, chief Africa economist at Standard Chartered Bank, Razia Khan, said: "In all, the cabinet appointments announced tonight speak of a new confidence in the Ramaphosa administration.
"Should this momentum and seemingly new-found confidence be built on with the pursuit of further structural reform, then markets would be correct to react positively.
A political analyst identified as Ralph Mathekga, said: "Trimming the size of cabinet by the size he did is a strong message, but creating so many deputy ministries is a problem. So no, it's not enough yet.”
Recall that Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s reformist president of the ruling African National Congress, won the country's election.
The AU acknowledged the South African general elections as “peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that it was a new dawn of hope for women participation in African politics as Ethiopia's prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, announced a political reshuffle which saw a record of 50% of the new cabinet women.
The new women dominated cabinet saw 10 out of the 20 positions occupied by women. The new development also saw Aisha Mohammed emerged as defence minister of the country. Aisha is the first woman to hold that position.
In the same cabinet, Muferiat Kamil, who had previously served as House speaker, was also named minister of peace.
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