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Mahlobo's mandate is to add value

David Mahlobo has been appointed as the new Minister of State Security.

Newly appointed State Security Minister, David Mahlobo. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Minister of State Security David Mahlobo says he has been given a clear mandate to add value to his department.

Mahlobo, who was a top official at the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, was appointed on Sunday evening to take over from Siyabonga Cwele.

He says while he has a difficult task ahead of him, he is determined to make sure his portfolio has a good reputation and that the people in this country feel safe.

"We have a very clear mandate in the National Development Plan and we will have to be able to add value to the organisation."

Thirty five ministers and 37 deputy ministers were sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday afternoon in front of dignitaries which included senior ANC officials and members of the Presidency.

The event was presided over by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and President Jacob Zuma.

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

One of the completely revamped government clusters is that of security, with changes to the ministries of justice, police and state security.

These changes appear to indicate Zuma wasn't happy with how the cluster was operating.

These ministers, including Mahlobo, will now be in charge of the security cluster's court case against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over her Nkandla report.

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