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South Africa | Opposition Leader Now in Government


The establishment of a new government in South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the most perplexing statements ever made. This comes after losing its parliamentary majority with the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The opposition has been given 12 out of the 32 ministerial portfolios following lengthy negotiations.

ANC Maintains Control of Key Ministries

However, the ANC will still retain control over key ministries such as Foreign Affairs, Finance, Defence and Justice despite power-sharing agreements. Since coming into office in 1994, these departments have always been under ANC’s rule.

Opposition Appointments

Minister of Agriculture is now led by John Steenhuisen who was the leader for Democratic Alliance (DA), which used to be an opposition party. This represents a major shift in political landscape as DA takes up larger role within government.

Ramaphosa’s Vision for Inclusive Governance

In his speech announcing the formation of this new government President Ramaphosa stressed on inclusive governance and cooperation between ruling party and opposition. According to him, this structure aims at meeting different needs among South Africans while involving all voices in decision making process.

Political Analysts’ Views

This power sharing agreement has been described by political analysts as a watershed moment in South Africa politics because it illustrates changing dynamics within country and need for stability through cooperation between various political factions towards development.

Challenges Ahead

Economic recovery; fighting corruption; addressing social inequalities are some challenges facing incoming administration. Both ANC and other parties have expressed determination to work together so that they overcome them improving welfare for all people living in SA.

Public Reaction

However, citizens’ responses towards these developments remain divided on whether they are good or bad, depending on who you ask and where they stand. Socio-economic background might differ widely about what could happen next. Positive changes could occur more rapidly, fostering higher levels of transparency and accountability. However, some are pessimistic, citing governments’ past failures to deliver expected results on time.

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