Former Cape Town mayor and leader of the newly formed GOOD party Patricia de Lille has been appointed as Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his cabinet during a media briefing from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.
In a public statement, De Lille said she is deeply honoured and humbled to have received the call to serve as a minister of South Africa’s new cabinet.
“I have fought for justice in our country for more than 40 years and have no plans to give up fighting. I pledge to continue the struggle for dignity and fairness for all South Africans,” she says.
“I want to thank all my colleagues in the GOOD movement, and all who voted for GOOD, for their hard work and belief that change is possible, that the country we dreamed of 25 years ago is achievable. I will continue to lead GOOD, and to fight for a responsible, accountable and compassionate government.
“On President Ramaphosa’s election to the Presidency last week I pledged GOOD’s constructive support for turning South Africa around. This support we will wholeheartedly give, but I will be joining President Ramaphosa’s executive with open eyes and ears as a representative of good South Africans of integrity who love their country and demand better of their leaders.
“It is time for South Africans to demonstrate that we can rise above party political differences,” she added.
(Picture supplied) / Staff reporter (Deen Times)