EFF and ActionSA Criticize New Bloated Cabinet in Government of National Unity

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and ActionSA have expressed strong disapproval of the newly expanded cabinet announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Both parties view this expansion as a negative indicator for the future of the Government of National Unity (GNU).

President Ramaphosa’s Announcement

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new executive, acknowledging his inability to reduce the cabinet size as previously promised. He stated that the increase was necessary to accommodate all players in the GNU.

EFF’s Criticism of Government of National Unity

The EFF condemned the GNU as merely an ANC-DA coalition, accusing the ANC of abandoning its liberation movement roots to serve “white supremacy and domestic and global capital.” The EFF also accused the DA of planning to implement regressive neo-liberal policies focused on market fundamentalism and profit maximization.

ActionSA’s Condemnation

ActionSA criticized the bloated cabinet, highlighting that it will cost over R1 billion annually in benefits and perks for ministers and deputy ministers. They also condemned the retention of past ministers like Angie Motshekga, now the Defense Minister, and Blade Nzimande, now the Minister of Science and Technology.

DA’s Response

The DA celebrated the appointment of six of its leaders as ministers, committing to governance excellence, zero tolerance for corruption, and pragmatic policymaking. Despite intense discussions with the ANC over the cabinet composition, the DA managed to secure several key positions.

DA Cabinet Ministers

  • Minister of Agriculture: John Steenhuisen
  • Minister of Basic Education: Siviwe Gwarube
  • Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: Dean Macpherson
  • Minister of Home Affairs: Leon Schreiber
  • Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: Dr. Dion George
  • Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies: Solly Malatsi

DA Deputy Ministers

  • Deputy Minister of Finance: Ashor Sarupen
  • Deputy Minister of Energy and Electricity: Samantha Graham-Maré
  • Deputy Minister of Small Business Development: Jane Sithole
  • Deputy Minister of Higher Education: Mimmy Gondwe
  • Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition: Andrew Whitfield
  • Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation: Sello Seitlholo

RISE Mzansi’s Perspective

RISE Mzansi, part of the GNU but not seeking executive positions, expressed disappointment over the enlarged cabinet. They emphasized their commitment to playing an oversight role in Parliament, ensuring accountability from the executive.

RISE Mzansi’s Statement

“RISE Mzansi looks forward to elevating Parliament’s status, ensuring that the president, deputy president, ministers, and deputy ministers uphold the Constitution, act with integrity, and spend the people’s money correctly.”

ANC’s Reaction

The ANC welcomed the new executive’s announcement and looked forward to finalizing leadership appointments for portfolio committees in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP). They also endorsed a proposed national dialogue to reflect on the first three decades of democracy and address unemployment, inequality, and poverty.

ANC’s Vision

“The ANC welcomes the endorsement by a range of foundations for a national dialogue, to chart the key collective tasks over the coming five years and the next decade, tackling the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality, and poverty.”


The expanded GNU cabinet has sparked significant controversy, with the EFF and ActionSA criticizing it as a sign of more issues to come. Meanwhile, the DA and ANC continue to navigate their coalition dynamics, with RISE Mzansi emphasizing its oversight role.

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