Today, I am proud to announce the DA’s new Shadow Cabinet. This diverse group of MPs - comprising of talented South Africans from all walks of life - will hold national government accountable for the exercise of their powers, while putting forward fresh ideas and credible alternatives to the plans and policies of national government.
The people of South Africa re-elected the DA as the country’s Official Opposition in this 6thParliament, and we do not take this privilege and responsibility for granted. We will work each and every day to ensure that this Parliament works for the people. We will do so by committing to:
Fulfil our constitutional mandate, in terms of Chapter 4 of the Constitution, to hold every exercise of public power by the National Executive to account. Through motions, oral and written questions, and persistent work in parliamentary committees, we will not allow the ruling party to relegate Parliament to a toothless lapdog of the executive;
Oppose damaging legislation, regulations and government policy that does not have the best interests of the nation at heart; and
Propose credible, workable and implementable alternatives before Parliament, including policy papers, alternative budgets, and Private Members Bills.
Our work will focus on an Agenda for Reform. The most pressing of these is the need for urgent economic reform. In this light, we will use Parliament to table our Jobs Bill and Cheaper Energy Bill, focus on city-led economic growth, fight for labour legislation reform, oppose any changes to the Reserve Bank independence and mandate, propose alternatives to the current State Owned Entity (SOE) ownership framework, propose alternatives to the current Mining Charter, and oppose threats to the economy and fiscus such as NHI and expropriation of property and land without compensation.
It is with this that I present to you the DA’s Shadow Cabinet:
MinistryShadow MinisterShadow Deputy Minister
The Minister in the PresidencySolly MalatsiGhaleb Cachalia
The Ministry in the Presidency: Women, Youth and Persons with DisabilitiesLuyolo MphithiNazley Sharif
The Ministry of Justice and Correctional ServicesAdv. Glynnis BreytenbachWerner Horn
The Ministry of Public Service and AdministrationLeon SchreiberMichelle Clarke
The Ministry of Defence and Military VeteransKobus MaraisMaliyakhe Shelembe
The Ministry of Home AffairsJoe McGluwaAngel Khanyile
The Ministry of State SecurityDianne Kohler BarnardDr Mimmy Gondwe
The Ministry of PoliceAndrew WhitfieldOkkie Terblanche
The Ministry of Trade and IndustryDean MacphersonMathew Cuthbert
The Ministry of FinanceGeordin Hill-LewisDr Dion George
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural DevelopmentAnnette SteynThandeka Mbabama
The Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and SanitationLeon BassonEmma Powell
The Ministry of Basic EducationNomsa MarchesiDesiree van der Walt
The Ministry of HealthSiviwe GwarubeLindy Wilson
The Ministry of International Relations and CooperationDarren BergmanMergan Chetty
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and TechnologyProf. Belinda BozzoliBaxolile Nodada
The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and FisheriesJames LorimerHannah Winkler
The Ministry of TransportChris HunsingerThami Mabhena
The Ministry of Mineral Resources and EnergyKevin MilehamCheryl Phillips
The Ministry of Social DevelopmentBridget MasangoThandi Mpambo - Sibukhwane
The Ministry of Public EnterprisesNatasha MazzoneErik Marais
The Ministry of Sports, Arts and CultureTsepo MhlongoVeronica Van Dyk
The Ministry of Employment and LabourDr Michael CardoMichael Bagraim
The Ministry of Public Works and InfrastructurePatricia KopaneSamantha Graham
The Ministry of Small Business DevelopmentZakhele MbheleHenro Kruger
The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsHaniff HoosenCilliers Brink
The Ministry of Communications and TelecommunicationsPhumzile Van DammeCameron Mackenzie
The Ministry of TourismManny De FreitasHlanganani Gumbi
SCOPAAlf LeesBenedicta Van Minnen
SCOAGPhillip De LangeEleanore Bouw-Spies
AppropriationsDenis JosephAshor Sarupen
This Shadow Cabinet will officially meet every fortnight. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss the upcoming legislative agenda; to deliberate on new policies, debates, and motions; and to table any other matters.
I am confident that our Shadow Cabinet possesses the requisite skills, experience and expertise to bring forward innovative alternatives to move our country forward. Comprising of youth and experience, academics and activists, orators and operators - I am proud to lead this Shadow Cabinet.
We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work in furthering the cause of democracy and fighting for a future South Africa that belongs to all.