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ANC assures Cabinet of its unwavering support

12 May 2009

The ANC congratulates all the capable men and women who have been appointed to the new cabinet under President Jacob Zuma. The ANC also congratulates its Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, on being appointed Deputy President of South Africa.

We commend the Freedom Front Plus for making its President and Member of Parliament, Mr Pieter Mulder, available to serve in the Cabinet. We do not take such an important gesture lightly. We believe it will ensure that a diversity of views is represented in the government.

We wish them well on their appointments and assure each one of them of our unwavering support as they begin the critical task of serving the needs and aspirations of our people.

The ANC welcomes the re-organisation of cabinet and national departments to achieve better alignment and coordination, the electoral mandate as per the ANC election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that face the country.

We had stated during the election campaign that we want an efficient, caring and effective administration that will not tolerate laziness and incompetence, that will emphasise excellence and achievement, and that will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people.

The composition of the team is consistent with the kind of government that the ANC has committed itself in its 2009 elections manifesto: "a government with both experience and political will, a government that fully understands what needs to be done to address our apartheid past, a government that puts people first (batho pele) and builds a participatory democracy".

We have given ourselves five priorities to focus on - creating decent work, education, fight against crime, health, and land reform and rural. We must leave an indelible mark in these areas. Our people have high expectations on the ANC government to deliver on these promises and we dare not fail them. We expect these appointees to be more hands-on and more accessible and to deliver on these commitments.

We wish to reiterate that the responsibility of voters did not end at the polling stations. Working together we must do much more to build a better South Africa. We request the South African public and all key sectors of our society to support these men and women in their national service. Working together we can do more.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

More information:
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6919
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550