Ramaphosa’s New Cabinet: A Pivotal Moment for South Africa’s Political Landscape

The newly elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been busy forming a coalition government after his African National Congress (ANC) party lost its majority in the May 29 general election.

The coalition, which includes the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), is expected to be a historic turning point for the country, marking the end of the ANC’s three decades of dominance.

Ramaphosa, who secured a second term as president, has been working to finalize the composition of his new Cabinet. The coalition agreement outlines the executive decision-making process, a mechanism for resolving conflicts, and guidelines for policy formulation and the completion of the national budget.

The newly elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

This collaborative approach to governance is expected to ensure a more inclusive and representative government. The ANC has been scrambling to secure support from other parties to form a government of national unity. The DA, which won the second largest share of the vote, has been a key player in the coalition talks. The IFP, a socially conservative party, has also joined the coalition, bringing its significant regional influence to the table


The new Cabinet is expected to be a reflection of the diverse political views represented in the coalition. The ANC, traditionally a left-leaning party, will be joined by the DA, which pushes a liberal, free-market agenda. Smaller parties with varying political stances will also be represented.

Ramaphosa has emphasized the need for unity and cooperation in his acceptance speech, stating that the country requires a government that can work together to address its pressing issues. The new Cabinet will have the arduous task of bridging conflicting views within the government to turn around South Africa’s economic fortunes, which have been plagued by record power cuts, high unemployment, and crime.

The formation of the Cabinet is expected to be a significant milestone in the country’s political transition. With the ANC no longer holding an absolute majority, the coalition government will need to navigate complex power dynamics and find common ground to govern effectively. The success of this new government will depend on its ability to balance competing interests and priorities while addressing the pressing challenges facing the nation

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