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Good will remain opposition party, despite De Lille appointment as minister

The veteran politician is the new minister of Public Works which has been reconfigured to include infrastructure.

Patricia de Lille seen on stage with officials from her political party Good, where supporters gathered at the Hoofweg Primary School in Blue Downs on Saturday, 16 February 2019. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of the biggest surprises in the new look Cabinet is Patricia de Lille.

The veteran politician is the new Minister of Public Works which has been reconfigured to include infrastructure.

Her Good party is chuffed, saying “a good person has been asked to do something”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the composition of the national executive at the Union Buildings.  He revealed that the number of Cabinet portfolios would be trimmed down from 36 to 28.

The party said it would remain an opposition party in the National Assembly and the Western Cape legislature and added it would continue to offer its support where government does what’s right.

In a tweet, the party said: “Good will remain an opposition party in the National Assembly and the provincial legislature. We will continue to offer our support where our government does what’s right, our solutions where we see they’re needed and our exposure of anything that is wrong, corrupt or unjust.”

The party said it was time for all South Africans to stand together.

“South Africa is at a critical time in its development trajectory. We are on the precipice of failure. It is time for all South Africans to do what it takes to fix South Africa. Appointing a Cabinet that includes a doer like Patricia de Lille is a good first step. We wish her well.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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