South Africa's president names Cabinet that is 50% women

- | 10 months ago

— South Africa's president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50omen, making the country's one of few in the world to be "gender-balanced.

" President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement followed similar moves by Ethiopia and Rwanda last year. Ramaphosa cut the Cabinet from 36 ministers to 28 as he seeks to reduce the bloating under predecessor Jacob Zuma, who stepped down last year under pressure amid corruption allegations.

Fighting the corruption and mismanagement that has consumed billions of rand is the major issue facing the ruling African National Congress, whose election win this month was the weakest in its 25 years in power amid public frustration.

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