JUST IN | Cabinet reduced from 36 ministers to 28 - Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday night announced his new cabinet - a reconfigured executive that will see certain portfolios combined to shrink the number of ministers from 36 to 28.

Ramaphosa announced that David Mabuza - who was sworn in as an MP on Tuesday after he had asked for his swearing in to be postponed - would be his deputy. He said South Africans had, in the May 8 elections, provided his administration with a "clear mandate to accelerate inclusive economic growth, act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, fight corruption and end state capture.

"If we are to give effect to this mandate, we need a capable, efficient and ethical government.

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