New Cabinet sworn in

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the ceremony at the presidential guesthouse.

President Jacob Zuma (C), Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng during the swearing in of ministers at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Newly appointed ministers and their deputies are being sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday.

President Jacob Zuma announced his new Cabinet in Pretoria on Sunday evening, just a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings.

Security was tight at the Union Buildings precinct for Monday afternoon's ceremony.

The event, presided over by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Zuma, will see 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers take the oath of office in front of dignitaries, including senior ANC officials and members of the Presidency.

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At the entrance to the guesthouse, a red carpet was rolled out.

The ceremony started off with the swearing in of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa pledged his service to the people of South Africa and vowed to protect all citizens before taking his seat next to Zuma on the main stage.

The president then called up ministers who had already served in his previous Cabinet to take the oath.

After around 35 minutes, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke continued with the swearing in process.

There were also some lighter moments during the ceremony, with dignitaries laughing when some of the longer names were read out.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi almost forgot to sign his oath, excited to go and greet Zuma who was standing on the stage a few steps away.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson bowed on stage when she greeted Zuma and Ramaphosa, resulting in some clapping from delegates.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega attended the event to support newly elected Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Controversial former top cop Bheki Cele arrived at the function with one of his signature hats.