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Cabinet of South Africa

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The Cabinet of South Africa is the most senior level of the executive branch of the Government of South Africa. It is made up of the President, the Deputy President, and the Ministers.[1]

Composition and selection

The Cabinet consists of the President, as head, the Deputy President and ministers.[2] The President appoints the Deputy President, ministers and deputy ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them. The President may select any number of ministers from the members of the National Assembly, and may select no more than two ministers from outside the assembly.

A member of the Cabinet is appointed by the President to be the leader of government business in the National Assembly.[3] That leader is currently Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Members of the Current Cabinet

On 24 May 2014, Jacob Zuma was inaugurated as the President of the Republic of South Africa for his second term in office. Shortly after, on 25 May 2014, he announced his new cabinet. While some ministers from the previous cabinet have retained their posts, most of the cabinet is made up of either new appointments, or in other cases, previous cabinet ministers have been shifted new portfolios. There are a total of 35 ministerial portfolios in the cabinet.[4]

Portfolio Minister Party Deputy Minister Party
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma ANC Buti Manamela SACP
Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa ANC - -
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe SACP - -
Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu ANC - -
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana SACP Bheki Cele ANC
Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa ANC Rejoice Mabudafhasi ANC
Basic Education Angie Motshekga ANC Enver Surty ANC
Communications Faith Muthambi ANC Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams ANC
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan ANC Andries Nel
Obed Bapela
Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula ANC Kebby Maphatsoe ANC
Economic Development Ebrahim Patel SACP Madala Masuku ANC
Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson ANC Thembi Majola ANC
Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa ANC Barbara Thomson ANC
Finance Nhlanhla Nene ANC Mcebisi Jonas ANC
Health Aaron Motsoaledi ANC Joe Phaahla ANC
Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande SACP Mduduzi Manana ANC
Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba SACP Fatima Chohan ANC
Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu ANC Zoe Kota-Hendricks ANC
International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane ANC Noma-India Mfeketho, Lluwelyn Landers ANC
Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha ANC John Jeffery
Thabang Makwetla
Labour Mildred Oliphant ANC Inkosi Patekile Holomisa ANC
Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi SACP Godfrey Oliphant ANC
Police Nkosinathi Nhleko ANC Maggie Sotyu ANC
Public Enterprises Lynne Brown ANC Gratitude Magwanishe ANC
Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane ANC Ayanda Dlodlo ANC
Public Works Thulas Nxesi ANC Jeremy Cronin SACP
Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti ANC Mcebisi Skwatsha
Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Science and Technology Naledi Pandor ANC Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi ANC
Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu ANC Elizabeth Thabethe ANC
Social Development Bathabile Dlamini ANC Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu ANC
Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula ANC Gert Oosthuizen ANC
State Security David Mahlobo ANC Ellen Molekane ANC
Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele ANC Hlengiwe Mkhize ANC
Tourism Derek Hanekom ANC Thokozile Xasa ANC
Trade and Industry Rob Davies SACP Mzwandile Masina ANC
Transport Dipuo Peters ANC Sindiswe Chikunga ANC
Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane SACP Pam Tshwete ANC


  1. ^ "The Constitution of South Africa". GCIS. 1996. 
  2. ^ "The Constitution of South Africa". GCIS. 1996. 
  3. ^ "About Government". South Africa Government Online. 
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