Thandi Modise has been sworn in as South Africa’s new Defence Minister. Modise, who was the National Assembly Speaker, has replaced Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Thembisile Simelane-Nkadimeng has also been sworn in as Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance.

Ramaphosa reshuffled his cabinet last week amid concern about the performance of the intelligence and security apparatus in countering the looting and violence that hit KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Ramaphosa and acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo conducted the swearing-in at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In the video below is the swearing-in ceremony:

Last week, Zondo sworn in the newly-appointed ministers and deputy ministers announced by the President.

The new members of the executive are tasked with strengthening the capacity of the state to deliver but in a number of cases, reputational damage will need to first be managed.

The atmosphere was jovial as the new ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in on Friday morning at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In the video below, is the swearing-in of new cabinet ministers: