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Issued by Christo van der Rheede on behalf of the FW de Klerk Foundation on 1/07/2024


The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the new Cabinet. This marks a significant step forward for South Africa’s Government of National Unity (“GNU”).

The formation of the new Cabinet, under President Ramaphosa’s leadership, reflects a commitment to collaboration and the Constitution’s principles. The role of the Cabinet is to work together to approve governmental policies, ensure they align with national priorities and laws and monitor their implementation across the various ministries. This Cabinet formation acts as a crucial step in ensuring that the Government addresses the needs of all South Africans,” said Christo van der Rheede, Executive Director of the Foundation.

The Foundation is optimistic about the Cabinet consisting of various political parties in the GNU, such as the ANC, DA, IFP and other minority parties. “The diverse representation in the Cabinet is a testament to the willingness of these parties to put aside differences for the nation’s common good. The collaborative sharing of key ministries such as Agriculture, Basic Education, Home Affairs, Sports, Arts and Culture and Public Works and Infrastructure between different parties is a promising step towards fostering unity and ensuring accountable, inclusive governance. It is a positive move towards a unified and prosperous South Africa,” said Ismail Joosub, Legal Officer of Constitutional Programmes.

The FW de Klerk Foundation stands ready to support and monitor the GNU’s progress, advocating for policies that uphold constitutional values and foster national unity. The Foundation believes that the new Cabinet will increase transparent governance and accountability to the people of South Africa. This is essential to prevent corruption and promote trust in the government.